Reid Park is a finalist in the Burpee Grow Anywhere Tour. The program supports school, home and community gardens in food deserts and, if selected, Burpee will deliver 1300 pounds of fresh produce to the community, 50 plants for the school garden, and the community will be awarded an additional 450 plants. Please vote for Reid Park!
A new semester begins for CHARP. We already have a lot happening in our partner neighborhoods. Prof. Sorensen's GEOG 2000 class will be working with Graham Heights, Enderly Park, and College Downs which is right across the street from UNCC's campus.
We have stronger relationships with our neighborhood partners than ever before. We hope to bring more disciplines, faculty, and students together to conduct action research with all of our partner neighborhoods.
Stay informed about what's happening and keep checking back here and on Facebook.
Fascinating article about how The Truly Disadvantaged by W. J. Wilson created a new way of looking at poverty and the impact that book had on future academics.
Dr. Janni Sorensen, Liz Shockey, and Joe Howarth presented original research from our summer evaluation this past weekend at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference in Cincinnati. Our presentation centered around CHARP's history, a reflection on our sucesses and struggles in a variety of community-university partnerships, and the prominent themes that stemmed from our interviews during the summer of 2012. Our presentation can be viewed in the document below.
Hundreds of volunteers, residents, UNCC students, and neighborhood kids helped build Reid Park's new playground. Pictures are better than words to describe the massive and successful undertaking. Click on the 'Kaboom Playground Build Fall 2012' on page linked below to see all of the great photos. Reid Park and CHARP would like to thank these organizations that made the playground a reality.
Graham Heights held a successful fish fry out front of the Crystal Reggae Club Saturdy. The event raised funds in support of their neighborhood matching grant for neighborhood identification signs. The gentlemen of the neighborhood fried whiting and croaker while the ladies baked a variety of cakes for sale. Residents of Graham Heights, young and old, contributed helping to cook and flag down hungry drivers along The Plaza.
The KaBoom! build day is fast approaching. On October 13th volunteers will come together in Reid Park to construct a playground in one day and Reid Park needs all of the volunteers it can muster. If you'd like to volunteer, click on the link below and you can find out who to contact and how you can get involved.
The Graham Heights Neighborhood Association had a big day and evening on August 7th. Members of the Graham Heights went on a tour of the stunning topiary gardens of Pearl Fryar outside of Bishopville, SC (http://pearlfryar.com/). 104 people were on the tour and 20 of those people were from Graham Heights. Ms. Queen and Ms. Leake from Graham Heights were the organizers of the trip and funds raised will go towards future Graham Heights events.