By Laura Sharpe, Associate Director, Community Giving
One memory that sticks out in my mind from elementary school was getting on a big yellow school bus to visit the Pink Palace Museum. Since I walked to school, it was the first time I ever had been on a school bus, and it was also the first time I saw the polar bear that guarded the museum’s entry hall. Thinking back on it more, it was an entire day of firsts – the first time I learned that grocery stores used to be really different as I walked through the replica Piggly Wiggly store; the first time I learned about leaches thanks to a creepy yellow fever diorama; and the first time I learned about very different cultures when I saw the shrunken head of an Ecuadorian Indian, complete with recipe.
I’m sure that many of you have memories like these, perhaps without the shrunken head, and this year you have the opportunity to provide field trip memories for thousands of CMS students through a small donation on power2give.org.
Two years ago, budget cuts caused arts programming, including field trips, to be cut from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Thanks to generous donations to the Arts & Science Council last year, $1 million was given to reinstate many of the programs, including cultural experiences that many of the students would otherwise not have.
This year, the Arts & Science Council has earmarked a portion of the $150,000 Challenge Grant from The Leon Levine Foundation for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools grade-level field trips. More than $20,000 is left to match every donation dollar-for-dollar, and make it possible for:
- 5th graders to attend a joint performance of Charlotte Symphony, NC Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina
- 6th graders to interact with science at Discovery Place
- 7th graders to visit Levine Center for the Arts
- Secondary students and teachers to attend Children’s Theatre’s production of Red Badge of Courage
To learn more about and support these projects, visit power2give.org.