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Taylor Receives Governor's Volunteer Service Award

Bruce Taylor, an associate professor in the College of Education Department of Reading and Elementary Education, is among the 2016 recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. This honor, created in 1979, recognizes individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

Taylor was nominated by the United Way of Central Carolinas for his work with the United Way’s Project 1,000 effort.

According to the United Way, Taylor has displayed an "overwhelming commitment to helping the youth of our community achieve their reading goals. He has personally mentored and tutored many students from basic reading skills to helping with specific areas of need. He also provides volunteer literacy training for community volunteers that are interested in tutoring students through Project 1,000. With the help of Dr. Taylor’s expertise, we have been able to train over 540 literacy tutor volunteers with at-risk students in our area since the beginning of the initiative in 20012. Dr. Taylor is leading the way by example and also providing the resources for others to get involved."

'City Walks' Connects Neighborhoods Across Charlotte

More groups of people will be out walking through Charlotte neighborhoods during May, telling stories and sharing experiences about the places they live, as part of the "City Walks" initiative.

City Walks are an effort led by PlanCharlotte.org, an online publication of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. They are funded in part with a grant from the Knight Foundation. PlanCharlotte has partnered with several community groups to help organize and lead the walks. They include the Charlotte Museum of History, the Levine Museum of the New South and various neighborhood organizations. Click here for the full schedule of walks.

City Walks organizer Mary Newsom of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute said the walks are enriching: "It’s a great way for newcomers to the city and some of the folks who have been here a long time to connect. Those connections are not always easy to make in Charlotte or in a lot of cities."