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On Monday, August 4, 2014 Invest Collegiate Transform, a public charter school, opened its doors to nearly 700 students in grades kindergarten through seventh grade.

Prior to opening, Collegiate Leaders have been busy learning and exploring their new immersive learningscape. The facility was designed for 21st century learning in every way. The layout requires collaboration, unique lesson planning, and innovative strategies and techniques. Each learning community includes large open environments with discovery spaces for science lessons, "think" spaces for smaller groups of children to work together, and impart spaces for student presentations or classroom discussions. The building also has a large space for group presentations, performances and meetings.

INVEST COLLEGIATE is a school with a vision and a view overlooking the beautiful city. This facility will provide a wonderful backdrop to the mission that lives within: "At Invest Collegiate we imagine, we nurture, we value, we engage, we sustain, we transform as we champion opportunities in leadership and learning - embracing greatness, inspiring achievement within a telescopic environment."

For more information, visit investcollegiate.org.

FreeMoreWest is excited to support our nonprofit neighbor, Classroom Central. Unfortunately, over half of our region’s students live in need. As they start back to school in the next few weeks, many of these students do not have the necessary school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies.

How you can help Classroom Central:

  • LEAVE NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES AT YOUR MAILBOX THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH - As a part of WSOC's #9SchoolTools drive, postal carriers are picking up school supplies for Classroom Central on this ONE day.
  • DONATE CASH! With their buying power, your online or check donations can be stretched to purchase supplies for more kids.
  • HOST A SCHOOL TOOLS SUPPLY DRIVE! Ask your office or club members to help Classroom Central with a supply drive for new school supplies for kids in need. Consider focusing on one core item. Their top 5 needs are: rulers, scissors, crayons, markers and glue (sticks or bottle).
  • ACCEPTING DONATIONS - Keep an eye out for a drive near you! In the meantime, we’re always accepting donations at our main building located in FreeMoreWest (map it). Donation hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00am until noon.
  • VOLUNTEER – Classroom Central has year round volunteer activities to get involved in the mission.
Visit classroomcentral.org for more information!

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Goodwill’s Bold Vision To Address Poverty In Our Region

There has been an increase in poverty levels in our region in recent years. In fact, there are close to 160,000 Mecklenburg residents living in poverty and more than 300,000 in our region living below the poverty line. In addition, according to a Harvard study, it will be extremely hard for those in our state to move out of poverty. Tuesday, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, a leader in the workforce development industry in our region, announced its bold vision to change the trajectory of poverty and dependence in our area during a Growing Opportunity Celebration.

The celebration was the organization’s public announcement of their vision and the capital campaign to assist with building a new 160,000 square foot campus on 18-acres of land located off of Wilkinson Boulevard. This facility, the Goodwill Opportunity Campus (GOC), will provide a comprehensive collection of resources and opportunities for job training, job placement and job creation for individuals facing multiple barriers to employment. Construction will start in the beginning of 2015 with occupancy in the new building anticipated to occur in 2016.

Making the Goodwill Opportunity Campus a reality will require an investment of $20 million. Goodwill has committed $12 million of its own funds and has embarked on a capital campaign to raise $8 million from the community. In the quiet phase of the campaign, which began at the end of last year, $4.5 million has been raised including a $1.2 million grant challenge from the Leon Levine Foundation and a $500,000 pledge from Bank of America, which is the largest corporate donor to date. To pledge your support and view a full list of donors please visit www.goodwillopportunitycampus.org.

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