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"I think when you talk about giving, giving is easy when times are good, and it's essential when times are tough."⠀

To wrap up this week's spotlights, we tip our hats to local small biz @girltribeco. After learning about the connectivity gap, co-founders Sarah ...& Carrie took $ from sales of their bestselling CLT hats to support internet service for @CharMeckSchools students.⠀

Definitely CLT proud! Check out their story and more in #TheYearbookProject (link in bio ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ )

Ever wondered what it was like to be a school social worker (+during a pandemic)? Madeline Holly-Carothers can sum it for you:⠀

"Think of firefighters. Firefighters do much more than put out fires, but one could argue that the toughest crisis they respond to is probably putting ...out a fire. Thankfully, there usually aren't fires every day. Over the last year, especially in the beginning, for social workers, it has felt like everyone's house was on fire...every day." ⠀

Today in #TheYearbookProject, we invite you to enter her world (Link in bio ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️)

Last year Sil Ganzó "couldn’t imagine" how @ourbridgeforkids could stay relevant & useful to the refugee & immigrant families they support.

Indeed, the level of support they've provided is BEYOND imagination. We salute them today. Check out their story in ...#TheYearbookProject (Link in bio ⬆️⬆️⬆️)

Today in #TheYearbookProject, meet Johnny McCoy: "I learned that I am a stronger person than I thought I was because I know plenty of times some people would have just cracked and just threw their hands up in the air and walked away from everything.” ⠀

#Facts.⠀

...Johnny saw his hours reduced, struggled to feed his three children and battled a very serious bout of COVID. Reflecting on it all, he believes he's stronger than before. Check out his story in The Yearbook (link in bio ⬆️ )

“It's just amazing to feel like your voice is heard and the work that you are doing, all the hours that you are putting in, is all worth it because these people are going to make change for the students that you represent.”

Student leaders are still…students. @charmeckschools ...Board of Ed student advisors Breana & Gabe have represented the voices of their peers while navigating their own changes. Check out how they've grown in the process in #theyearbookproject

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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