Children & Education

We believe all children are precious.

We strive to do our part to ensure that children in Charlotte — whether housed or without housing — have access to quality preschool education, support for their basic needs, and quality education. We specifically focus our efforts through a strong partnership with Rama Road Elementary School. 

Rama Road Elementary SCHOOL

In 2008, Christ Church began a partnership with Rama Road Elementary School. Approximately 85% of this student body qualify for free or reduced lunch. Christ Church sponsors a Communities in Schools Coordinator position. In addition to having a case load of at-risk students, this person facilitates the work of our volunteers. Christ Church parishioners volunteer over 3,500 hours a year at Rama Road Elementary School. Opportunities abound to get involved. LEARN MORE »

Freedom School

Freedom School provides quality summer programs for students in grades K-8 in the Charlotte community. Christ Church assisted in sponsorship and provided volunteers for a Freedom School at Christ Lutheran Church in the summers of 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Christ Church sponsored its first Freedom School at Rama Road Elementary. Sixty-seven children from the school attended the summer program, and over 120 Christ Church parishioners volunteered. Our Rama site has a teen board where teens can volunteer two weeks of their time in the classroom and on field trips.  
SERVE: Chaperone field trips, serve as Harambee readers, lead afternoon activities, and host activities off campus. Youth are encouraged to serve. LEARN MORE »

The Learning Collaborative

This comprehensive pre-school program facilitates hands-on involvement between teachers, students, families, patrons, and the community. Volunteers provide transportation, meals, speech/language/literacy development, and intensive family support. The Learning Collaborative helps children be ready and excited to learn as they enter kindergarten, while coaching parents to participate in their child’s education as both teacher and advocate. Ongoing support is needed to collect supplies for children. SERVE: Collect school supplies or clothing for children.

A Child’s Place (ACP)

Working to erase the impact of homelessness on children, A Child’s Place focuses on providing stable, appropriate education to students without a home. These children are hungry twice as often as other children, sick four times more often, two to three grade levels behind, three times more likely to experience emotional and behavioral problems than their housed peers, and are unlikely to graduate from high school. ACP works to remove these barriers. Its purpose is to enable homeless children to have the same educational opportunities and advantages as other children. On average, ACP serves about 2,500 children per year. SERVE: Provide or pack snacks, assist in the office, help with special events, or serve as lunch buddies.

Thompson Child and Family Focus

Founded in 1886 as an orphanage, Thompson is a non-profit organization operating three distinct campuses, each providing comprehensive education, treatment, and care for children (birth to 18 years) in need. Thompson cares for children with a range of challenges, from the most severe cases of abuse and neglect, to instances where families lack the means or tools to provide quality care and education. Thompson offers a stable environment in which to build a child’s inner strength. It is contracted with all Managed Care Organizations in North Carolina and is associated with the Episcopal church. SERVE: Lead activities for children, help at the front desk, provide pet therapy for children, or help with gardening and handyman activities.