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To celebrate the release of #TheYearbookProject, we're highlighting the amazing individuals featured in the project. Today, meet David Milligan, a literacy facilitator at PiedmontIB Middle School. Painful loss meets powerful resilience in his moving testimony of survival and purpose:⠀
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"I’ve learned that I have the inner strength to persevere through ANY AND ALL OBSTACLES. In my lifetime I have had to deal with things that some people only read about, from being in Manhattan during 9/11, to suffering an aortic dissection and having emergency open heart surgery in 2016, to the stroke and all the other craziness of 2020. I learned that I am much stronger than I thought."⠀

Read his full story and more in #TheYearbookProject (link in bio ⬆️)

We’re excited to announce the release #TheYearbookProject TODAY in collaboration with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 😆 We invite you to explore this special project highlighting the journeys of people navigating the school experience during COVID-19. It's been an honor documenting these ...stories. Project link in bio ⬆️⠀

Thank you to presenting sponsor @DukeEnergy and to @BankofAmerica, @Panthers, Scribbles Software, @TIAA and @WellsFargo for supporting The Yearbook.⠀

And a BIG thank you to every CMS student, staff member, parent, and partner who trusted us to share their story.⠀

Explore at http://cms-foundation.org/yearbook

We're excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a $20,000 grant from @DukeEnergy in support of the @CharMeckSchools Teaching Residency program to strengthen and diversify the CMS teacher pipeline! We appreciate the ongoing partnership with Duke Energy in our community. Great start to the ...week! #DEPowerfulCommunities

This spring, we're partnering with @CharMeckSchools to produce "The Yearbook: Reflections on School during the COVID-19 Pandemic." This special collaborative project will highlight stories from diverse viewpoints on the school experience during the pandemic. Using photography and ...first-person accounts to capture memories and perspectives, The Yearbook will offer an intimate look into the journey of students, educators, families and community partners navigating a school year like no other. To learn more and submit your story, please visit:
bit.ly/cmsfyearbook

Would you walk miles for internet access?

We asked @charmeckschools principals and teachers to reflect on stories of students who’ve been impacted by our Connect for Tech initiative. In this #principalperspective, @sedgefieldspartans principal Sheena Miracle shares the story of a ...student whose connectivity experience was a true journey:

Saturday, August 15, a simple request received: "Directora, un punto de acceso por favor." Principal, one hotspot please. This message came from a 6th grade student who was advocating for his education and an opportunity to connect to school. On this day he joined a list of 25 students at our school waiting for that opportunity.

The week prior, a counselor and I had conducted home visits to his neighborhood. This young man comes from one of the most challenged areas of the Charlotte’s Center City. However, at only 11 years old, he understood how to advocate for himself. With the connections he made with his new school team that day, he also knew that he could request help.

At the start of the school year, he did not have wifi access. Unable to connect in his home, he walked over two miles—in the August heat—to a location where he could participate in a portion of his classes through synchronous (live video) learning. He completed this journey for several days…until he was able to obtain a CMS hotspot.

When he arrived in the pickup line for his hotspot, the excitement from his family and school staff was immeasurable. He now had access: to the internet, to school, to his future.

Since that day, this young man has not missed a beat. We celebrate the success he’s had in this remote learning environment. The CMS Foundation has allowed children with this resilience, determination and dedication to participate in school on a daily basis. For this we are grateful. As we await the day we return to in-person learning, we cannot wait to surround him with even more support. We will be able to have a greater impact on building his confidence and nurturing his ambition. This opportunity and his growth and development will change the greater community.

*More perspectives to come*

"Now I can do Zoom with my teachers anytime during the day to get help with my hard assignments. People have helped me and now I want to see how I can help other people."  
 
Like many students in our community, Wendy (5th grade) & Kevin (kindergarten) were having issues ...staying connected with their teachers because of unreliable internet access at home. But after a special mobile hotspot delivery made by school staff, they haven’t missed a minute of learning with their teachers and classmates. Grateful for the support, they’re already thinking about how they can pay it forward.
 
#Thankful for everyone who came together to Connect for Tech and help us close the connectivity gap for our students!

Excited to announce that we’ve met our $3.2MM fundraising goal to close the connectivity gap for @charmeckschools! Students & staff, parents, neighborhood orgs, faith partners, foundations, companies, local gov—THANK YOU ALL for coming together for our students 🥰
 
Read more: ...bit.ly/connect-CMS

No plans for lunch tomorrow? Well, now you do! Join us @ 12:30 pm for a special half-hour virtual event supporting @CharMeckSchools students. See how teachers & students are using tech to stay connected & continue learning during COVID-19. Register (free): ...https://connectfortech.eventbrite.com

Starting out this week with gratitude by sending a BIG thank you to @wellsfargogolf for choosing to tee off its Tournament week with a $150,000 donation to our CMS COVID-19 Relief Fund. This gift will help us continue to keep @charmeckschools students connected to resources and learning virtually ...while schools remain closed due to COVID-19 risks. We are truly grateful for the ongoing commitment to our community’s students and educators! #wellsfargochampionship #closedschoolsopenhearts

For more info on the fund, visit cms-foundation.org/relief