Families celebrate ‘Getting Ahead’ completion
INDIAN TRAIL– For the past 16 weeks, seven heads of households have been investigating poverty in the community and their lives through Common Heart’s economic empowerment program, Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World.
These neighbors have been building skills and resources to move their families out of crisis and toward stability.
Common Heart celebrated their graduation from the program.
These “investigators” will be the Leaders for Change in Common Heart’s new initiative, Advocates for Change.
The program brings together leaders from poverty and allies from middle class to improve understanding, build social capital, implement plans for economic stability, and become community change agents.
“The goal for this program is personal and community change,” Executive Director Keith Adams said.
Food available for seniors
MONROE – Low-income senior citizens in Union County may now be eligible for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides a monthly package of food designed to supplement nutritional needs.
The number of monthly packages is limited locally.
Applications must be done in person at the Union County Community Shelter, 311 E. Jefferson St. No drop-in registration is available. Appointments can be made by emailing Tara.Bryant@UnionShelter.org or by leaving a voice message with your name and phone number at 704-261-3496.
Visit www.unionshelter.org/donate to donate to the shelter.
Hear about roundabouts
MONROE – The Union County Planning Division is holding community meetings about proposed roundabout projects along N.C. 218 and 200.
Representatives from the N.C. Department of Transportation will be available to discuss the projects and answer questions. No formal presentation will be made.
Citizens can learn more about projects along N.C. 218 at Mill Grove Road, N.C. 200 and N.C. 205 from 5 to 7 p.m. July 10 at the Fairview Town Hall (Old Fairview School), 7516 Concord Hwy., Monroe.
Information will be available about projects along N.C. 200 at Providence Road South, Potter Road, McWhorter Road and N.C. 522 from 5 to 7 p.m. July 11 at the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, 8623 Lancaster Hwy., Waxhaw.
Gardeners meet July 19
MONROE – Debbie Dillion will talk about Operation Bedroll at the next Union County Master Gardeners meeting.
The free event starts at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. RSVP for the class by calling 704-283-3822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org for details.
Class of 2018 earns $135M
MONROE – The Union County Public Schools Class of 2018 earned a record $135 million in scholarships this year, marking the eighth consecutive year the amount increased.
This amount is $9 million more than the previous record-setting amount earned by the Class of 2017.
The Class of 2018 received 2,400 scholarships.
Six of the 11 high schools received more than $10 million in scholarships: Weddington ($31.4 million), Piedmont ($25.2 million), Marvin Ridge ($18.8 million), Cuthbertson ($12.9 million), Sun Valley ($12.3 million) and Porter Ridge ($10.4 million).
Of the 3,305 graduates, 59 percent plan to attend a four-year college, 26 percent to attend a two-year college, 11 percent to enter the workforce and 3 percent to enlist in the military.
Kansas pupil makes honor roll
LAWRENCE – Madison Cundiff, of Waxhaw, was among the more than 5,400 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas to make the honor roll for the spring semester.
Scholarship helps Waxhaw student head to college
ABBEVILLE, Ala. – Moana Boakye, of Waxhaw, was among 36 students earning scholarships from the Jimmy Rane Foundation.
The Cuthbertson High School graduate plans to major in criminology at the University of Miami.
Boakye served as vice president of the National Beta Club, yearbook editor and captain of the junior varsity cheerleading squad. She was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and women’s basketball team.
Her community service includes Relay for Life and Project Alive, as well as volunteering for Brookside Assisted Living, Operation Christmas Child and Servants with a Heart.
“This scholarship is extremely important in pursuing my college plans,” Boakye said. “I’ve grown up in a single-family household and at times a four-year university seemed unattainable due to my financial circumstances.”
The foundation has awarded 383 scholarships since 2000. Visit www.jimmyrane
foundation.org for details.
Class focuses on storytelling
MONROE – Storyteller Linda Goodman offers a mini-workshop, “Good Medicine: The Healing Power of Story,” through the Council on Aging in Union County.
Bullying, trauma and the loss of loved ones create an unbearable sense of mental anguish. Many people have discovered that storytelling is the salve that can soothe the broken heart, soften anger and nurture emotional strength.
The following programs are open to any senior at no cost:
• Indian Trail – July 17 at 10 a.m. at Indian Trail Town Hall, 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road.
• Wingate – July 24 at 10 a.m. at Wingate United Methodist Church, 111 Hinson St.
Registration is not required.
Goodman’s one-woman show and book, “Daughters of the Appalachians,” has been performed as a play by theater companies around the country.
Call the Council on Aging in Union County at 704-292-1797 for details.
Water fuels photo contest
MONROE – The Union County Community Arts Council is awarding a grand prize of $500 for its Snap It! Summer Photo Contest.
Photography must contain the contest theme of water as the focal point. Submissions will be accepted on the group’s Facebook page from July 1 to 10 a.m. July 16. Voting spans July 17 to 31.
The contest is open to Union County adults.
Visit www.unionarts.us for contest rules.