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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

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*