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Spotlight: Future 49ers Get First Taste of College

Date Published:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Students from Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School and seventh-graders from James Martin Middle School joined volunteers from UNC Charlotte to tour campus recently as part of a special outreach program geared toward Governors Village schools.

UNC Charlotte hosted the students on campus as a way to introduce them to college life. Participants met with Chancellor Philip L. Dubois, toured the athletics training and locker rooms in Halton Arena, visited the J. Murrey Atkins Library, and ate lunch on campus.

The three schools, in addition to the Morehead STEM Academy, are all named after former North Carolina governors, and are located within three miles of UNC Charlotte’s main campus.

These visits are part of UNC Charlotte’s partnership with TIAA-CREF to provide educational support to more than 4,700 students and 500 faculty members at Governors Village schools.

Through our Governors Village partnership, UNC Charlotte also is recruiting tutors and lunch buddies. These volunteers will serve at the four Governors Village schools: Morehead STEM Academy, James Martin Middle, Nathaniel Alexander, and Vance.

Both programs will require a time commitment to your respective students and schools. Lunch buddies will go once a week to have lunch with students, and tutors will go one to two times per week. With your supervisor's approval, community service hours may be used. For more information, please contact Community Affairs via email.

In another program for Governors Village schools, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at UNC Charlotte has partnered with James Martin Middle School to instruct 400 seventh-grade students on character education, success skills, and goal setting. The project, led by senior Gerald Burgess, brings more than 40 UNC Charlotte students to James Martin Middle School each week to mentor and lead workshops. The curriculum is based on the book Success for Teens, published by The SUCCESS Foundation. The book teaches self-reliance based on the "Slight Edge" principle, which emphasizes making small positive decisions every day.