Equity + Education

Equitable education means giving every student access to the resources and educational rigor they need regardless of race, gender, language, disability, family background, or family income. The goal is for all children to achieve their highest potential as individuals and to become productive members of society.

The Equity and Education subcommittee has chosen three main focus areas for 2022:  

  1. WESTERLY HILLS ACADEMY + CORE CHURCH – Expand support for students and families in zip code 28208 many of whom are negatively impacted by poverty, hunger, lack of affordable housing stability, (over)working parents, and lack of transportation. Explore opportunities for partnering with Core Church to support these families
  2. COVID-19 TRAUMA – Ensure training for partners (teachers, administrators, tutors) to understand the added layer of trauma created by the pandemic and the mental/emotional health consequences.
  3. LITERACY – Encourage best practices for reading mastery (a bellwether predictor for success in school) from the earliest possible age and engage more FPC members in proven effective literacy programs.

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NC school test results are in. How did CMS students fare during the pandemic?

In a year of mostly remote learning due to the pandemic, a majority of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students failed state exams for the 2020-21 academic year, according to results released by the state on Wednesday.

Less than 5 minutes


Why are American Public Schools Still So Segregated?

Equity in Education, Anti-Racism

A look at the history of school segregation, gains, and setbacks from the 60s until now

5-10 minutes


Stabilizing Childcare Requires More Than Emergency COVID-19 Relief Funds

Equity in Education

An article discussing four patterns with our current childcare dilemma in the US.

Less than 5 minutes

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 The following programs partner with the school, providing curriculum, training and coordinators to support volunteers: Heart Math Tutoring, Read CharlotteAugustine Literacy Project. Sign up to tutor on the respective websites.

Support the Food Pantry at Westerly Hills Academy

Volunteers are needed to provide food on a monthly basis or serve on the team that delivers food to the school.

VOLUNTEER AS A SUCCESS COACH – Meet weekly with a WHA student to work on skills in goal setting and decision making. | cischarlotte.org | Contact

SUPPORT FPC-SPONSORED GIRL SCOUT TROOP – Support FPC-sponsored Girl Scout Troop at Wilson STEM Academy (the feeder middle school for WHA students) by attending troop meetings twice a month,  attending field trips and/or camping trips (twice a year), supervising cookie sales, driving girls home from events, assisting with refreshments, teaching a merit badge (such as life skills, first aid, animals, art, STEM, etc.), sewing badges on sashes. We also need help starting a troop at WHA. | Get invovled

SERVE AS A CAMP CONNECTOR – communicate with and support  a family as they prepare to send their student for a week of fun in Old Fort, NC.  (FPC has been sending students to Camp Grier for 50 years.) | Get invovled

VOLUNTEER AT BELLXCEL SUMMER CAMP – Volunteer at BellXcel Summer Camp, hosted by Core Church in Partnership with FPC – Help rising kindergarteners prepare for the beginning of school.  Assist staff by reading stories, playing games at recess or helping with learning centers. | Get invovled

JOIN CONTACT LIST for more opportunities to serve. | Join