On Saturday, April 14th, Albemarle Road Elementary School staff, Hands On Charlotte, the City of Charlotte, volunteers, and families of Farm Pond partnered together for the Neighborhood-School Partnership Summit. The Summit consisted of various activities for participants, in which individuals were able to share their stories, ideas, values, and interests; ultimately, the participants all worked together and collectively created a community vision statement and plans to help reach this vision.
On Saturday 4/7, the energy was alive in Farm Pond! There were two events that occurred--one was a cleanup, and the other was an Easter event, both of which took place at the Eaglewoods Apartments clubhouse. UNC Charlotte undergrads (Courtney Hathaway, Madelyn Riddleberger, Stafford Farmer, and Joshua Marks) joined Farm Pond neighbors and volunteers, as well as the property manager, Jorge Montoya, and myself (Community Liaison Sheree Harper) to clean up around the neighborhood.
The Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 31, 2012 at the Bette Rae Thomas Center was very successful. Over 100 members of the community came out to have some fun together. The event featured egg painting, face painting, a sketch artist, a clown and an air filled jumping gym. Kids got plenty of eggs and baskets during the outdoor Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and had children and adults doing the Bunny Hop.
Graham Heights received a $500 A.C.T. for their upcoming Spring Festival Block Party. A big thank-you to Crossroads Charlotte and the Foundation for the Carolinas for their support of the event. The Graham Heights Neighborhood Association hopes this event will bring people across all age groups and backgrounds together within the community to build human and social capital. The block party will have great food and entertainment from local church bands and step dance teams.
Graham Heights was recently awarded a Power 2 Live Green Grant by the City of Charlotte. The grant provides for 40 free home energy audits to Graham Heights residents. Along with the audits, Energy Wise Solutions will also perform small home improvements designed to save residents money on their heating and cooling bills. The audits have begun and the residents are thrilled with the level of service.
The second part of the grant will provide 2 EnergyStar refrigerators and 2 EnergyStar clothes washers to be raffled off during the Graham Heights Spring Festival on May 19th.
This month, the Windy Ridge HOA and CrimeWatch installed signs to discourage littering and other distasteful activities. The signs were purchased with funds from a City of Charlotte Neighborhood Matching Grant and were installed by Fausto Alfaro, HOA President with the help of Keihly Moore, a Master’s student with a dual major in Urban Design and Architecture, who has worked with the Windy Ridge neighborhood for two years.
Last Thursday, CHARP hosted the Cultivate Food Forum, an event focused on sustainable and healthy eating practices for residents of “food deserts.” All of the CHARP neighborhoods are located in food deserts–areas of our city that lack access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. The purpose of our event was to raise awareness about this problem and to devise strategies for overcoming it.
Please enjoy the newest edition of our CHARP newsletter. This issue contains updates about our neighborhoods, notably our new partner in the Logan Neighborhood of Concord, NC. Also enclosed is a state-of-the-project address by CHARP Director Prof. Janni Sorensen, a notice about our forthcoming “Cultivate Food Forum” on Feb. 23rd, and photos from our partner neighborhoods’ events.
Students from UNC Charlotte’s Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, Kappa Delta sorority, and student chapter of Habitat for Humanity partnered with CHARP and the Reid Park Neighborhood Association in a massive cleanup of several illegal dumping sites in the community on Saturday, January 28.