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Cam Newton Foundation Donates $75K to Local Schools for 2nd Year of School Pride Program

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For the second consecutive year, the Cam Newton Foundation (CNF) made a significant contribution to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).  Through the CNF’s School Pride partner school program, three schools – Collinswood Language Academy, Reid Park Academy and Berryhill School – were given a $25,000 donation each.  The total contribution is $75,000.

Watch the video above to see Cam Newton give out the big donation checks to the schools, and he even dances the APACHE (JUMP ON IT)!

Under the leadership of Cam Newton, the CNF selected these three schools to partner with for the 2013-2014 academic year.  As partner schools, the schools receive a financial donation, as well as programming support and visits from Newton.  The goal of the School Pride program is to improve and enhance the cultural environment at middle schools across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  Each school partnership is reflective upon the school needs.

All CMS middle schools and Kindergarten – 8th grade academies were eligible to become a CNF partner school.  Schools applied via an application process.

As part of the application, the selected partner schools developed customized programs to increase student engagement and achievement, enhance fitness and wellness programs and build parent engagement.  The CNF identified schools that would greatly benefit from the program because of their diverse student populations and varying needs.  Donation highlights include:

  • Collinswood Language Academy – Upgrading old and unsafe fitness equipment, developing student wellness programs, and purchasing books focused on overall health.
  • Reid Park Academy – Creating and building family engagement programs, recognition programs for students and teachers, and developing a service-learning (community service) project for students.  Duke Energy is working with the CNF on the partnership at Reid Park Academy.
  • Berryhill School – Funding of career-based exploratory field trips and learning guides, creating health and wellness seminars for their school families, and technology for classrooms.

This is the second consecutive year the CNF has partnered with three CMS middle schools.  Collectively, the CNF has donated $225,000 to six CMS middle schools over the last two years.  The outcome measurements and results from the 2012-2013 partner schools were outstanding.  Results from students, teachers and parents were positive and an increase in school pride was evident.  The CNF hires an independent research group to measure and evaluate the goals and objectives of each partner school programming.  These goals and objectives are laid out at the beginning of the partnership.

“The Cam Newton Foundation is a terrific partner for Collinswood Language Academy, Reid Park Academy and Berryhill School,” said Dr. Heath E. Morrison, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We value our partnership with Cam and his foundation because it is making a difference in students’ lives. It will help our students in these schools increase achievement and physical fitness. It will also help engage families. These are all goals that we have as a district and we appreciate very much the willingness of the Cam Newton Foundation to partner with us.”

Watch the video below to see why Cam Newton is excited to be doing the School Pride partnership for the 2nd year in a row.

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