Project LIFT

Local News
3:54 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Fathers Drop Kids Off At Schools

Dontay Kilgo brings his son to school
Lisa Miller

Students at nine schools in west Charlotte got special escorts to their classrooms today.  Fathers, grandfathers and uncles dropped children off at school as part of a national effort called the Million Father March to get fathers and other male mentors involved in the lives of students. 

Dontay Kilgo brought his son to his first day of pre-k at Druid Hills Academy.  About 25 other men dropped their children off at the school too. 

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Local News
12:18 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Summer School That Goes Beyond The Basics In Project LIFT Schools

Summer school at Ashley Park includes a drum line
Lisa Miller

Summer school brings to mind kids hunched over desks in humid classrooms, trying to make up classes they failed.  It’s not the place to be.  But across the country summer school is undergoing some big changes.  It’s not just for kids who can’t make the grade and it’s supposed to be fun. 

Several CMS schools in the Project LIFT zone have begun to offer a summer program that takes this new approach so that the summer slide doesn’t put at-risk kids further behind. 

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Local News
9:38 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Twenty-Six Revamped Teaching Jobs With Higher Pay Attract 708 Applicants

A classroom at Ashley Park Prek-8, one of four CMS schools hiring for the new positions.
Credit Lisa Miller

Some new kinds of teaching jobs with four CMS schools in west Charlotte have attracted a lot of interest.  The jobs are a blend of mentoring and teaching and they come with a big salary bump. 

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Local News
6:04 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Project LIFT To Distribute Free And Discounted Computers To Students

A student tests a computer Project LIFT families can buy for a discounted price.
Credit Lisa Miller

This week about 2,200 elementary school kids will be getting free laptops.  It’s part of the Project LIFT effort to boost learning at nine schools on Charlotte’s west side. 

These laptops are made for kids.  They’re white and green and sturdy. 

“It has the handles so it wouldn’t fall when I’m holding it because I really drop stuff without handles,” said Maya Dunbar, a third grader at Allenbrook Elementary. 

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5:02 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

CMS Board To Decide On Whether Four Schools Go Year-Round

Four CMS schools that serve pre-k through 8th graders could move to a year-round calendar next year in an effort to boost learning.  The CMS school board plans to vote on the proposal tonight.

All kids have experienced the “summer slide.”  When students get back to school in the fall, they spend time re-learning what they forgot over the summer.  But for low-income kids, that backsliding can be even bigger since camp and other enriching activities are harder to come by. 

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