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Charlotte Loves to Read!

Written by Addie Rising    on March 31, 2018    in
Reading sets the foundation for almost everything we do in life and we can all remember the first books we truly loved. To celebrate early readers everywhere, we asked Charlotteans what their favorite childhood books were. Here are the answers:

Banu Valladeres"I love the repetition, the simple language, the silliness of who the baby bird thinks his mom might be, the cuteness of baby bird, his innocence, and the sweet ending. It makes for very wonderful cuddling and reading with a little one. It's also very easy to translate! I used to read it to my son in Spanish even though the book was in English!” 

Banu Valladares
Executive Director, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

#52tuesdays: Urban League of Central Carolinas

Written by Addie Rising    on March 27, 2018    in
Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) empowers the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training and placement. 

Organized in 1978, ULCC’s offers a range of programs to benefit anyone in need of education, skills training, career development, employment services, and youth programs. ULCC also serves persons from all economic levels - from area professionals to those living within designated “fragile” and “at-risk” neighborhoods.

Charlotte's Dual-Language Preschools Equipping Students for Future Success

Written by Lauren Blake    on March 16, 2018

"There's a study that shows if you don't have access to high-quality preschool, you start kindergarten 12-14 months behind," says Banu Valladares, executive director of Charlotte Bilingual Preschool. "If you start behind, then you're twice as likely to fail the reading test in third grade and if you don't pass that, you're four times as likely to drop out of high school."

#52tuesdays: Girls Rock Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on March 13, 2018    in
The Runaways, The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, Vixen and even Josie and the Pussycats. Girl rockers are cool. But those who encourage girls to rock? The coolest.

Meet Girls Rock Charlotte. Through its summer camps for girls ages 8-18 and rock retreats for women, Girls Rock Charlotte amplifies the confidence of ALL girls and women through the power of music. The camps are designed to build each camper's confidence in a space that encourages creativity, communication, collaboration and inclusivity.

#52tuesdays: Kevin Poirier

Written by Addie Rising    on March 6, 2018    in
In my house, an internet outage might as well be a power outage. Everything grinds to a halt. My teenagers can’t stream Netflix. I can’t surf Facebook. My son can’t do his homework. 

Wait. What? Homework? Yes. 

Now imagine that you are without internet entirely. You don’t have a home computer. And even if you did, you wouldn’t know what do with it. Scary as that may sound, it’s the reality for many in Charlotte.  

A digital divide exists right here in our community. Students and families are without necessary tools that will help them succeed in and out of the classroom. 

Charlotte Needs a Literacy Rate Hike

March 4, 2018    in
Reading. For many, reading is something you’ve been doing for as long as you can remember. You learned to walk, you learned to talk, you learned to read. 

Unless you didn’t.

Unfortunately, not every child in third grade is ready to read classic authors like Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder or Roald Dahl or excel in other school subjects. In fact, only 39 percent of third graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are reading at grade level.