December 8, 2016 – The Charlotte Hornets today announced the awarding of a total of $50,000 to six local schools and organizations as part of their education grant program. The program, now in its fourth year, aims to fund high-need projects at public schools and nonprofit education programs in the Charlotte area. Allenbrook Elementary School, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide, Eastway Middle School, Southwest Middle School and West Charlotte High School will be awarded the grants during halftime of the Hornets’ game against the Orlando Magic tomorrow at Spectrum Center.
“We are proud to support organizations that support our local youth,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield. “Through this grant program, the Hornets can help give these groups the resources they need to encourage education and academic success.”
The grants will go to the following projects:
Allenbrook Elementary School – $5,000 to support the school’s First LEGO League (FLL) robotics team and club developed to foster students’ interest in science.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte – $10,000 towards Mentor 2.0, a technology-based college and career readiness program that supports low income high school students by pairing each student with an adult mentor based on similarities in personality, interests and expectations.
E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide – $15,000 to provide 100 homeless ninth and 10th grade students at Myers Park High School with a personal laptop computer, a portable internet connectivity device and digital literacy training.
Eastway Middle School – $5,000 to provide key multilingual literacy resources to meet the needs of the school’s diverse population.
Southwest Middle School – $5,000 to support Operation High School Bound, a program designed to aid middle school students with the transition to high school by providing eighth grade students exposure to life in high school, character development and appropriate life skills and lessons.
West Charlotte High School – $10,000 to provide lighting equipment, staging, props and costuming to re-implement the school’s theater program and fund the school’s first theater production since 1989.
This is the fourth set of grants awarded through this program, which launched in 2013. Last year’s recipients were Barringer Academic Center, Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, Citizen Schools, Heart Math Tutoring, Right Moves for Youth and Sugar Creek Charter School.
Along with the grant program, the Hornets have a history of focusing on education-related initiatives. The Hornets also distribute grants for educators through the Teacher Innovation Fund, which was launched in 2014 in partnership with FOX Sports Southeast. The Teacher Innovation Fund seeks to empower teachers to implement successful, innovative strategies to educate and prepare every child to graduate from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools college- and career-ready.
Along with the two grants, the Hornets operate the Book Bus, a full-service literacy bus that travels throughout the greater Charlotte area year-round to inspire students ages 5 through 13 to develop a love for reading. The renovated school bus helps increase opportunities for literacy and learning in underserved communities. Also promoting the importance of reading is the Pick & Read Literacy Program, an incentive-based reading program that aims to motivate students to read more outside of school hours by rewarding their accomplishments with praise, recognition and Hornets prizes.