Westerly Hills Opportunities
Bridge Learning Site: As virtual learning continues, the community is rallying around CMS to provide small, in person learning sites to supervise and reinforce learning for our youngest and most at-risk students. We are thrilled to support the Core Church, which is hosting an in-person learning site at their church for Westerly Hills students, beginning in mid-September. Core Church is located less than a mile from Westerly Hills Academy, which provides many logistical advantages. The name of the program is the Bridge Learning Center, and it will support remote learning and then transition to afterschool care once full time in-person instruction resumes.
There are 2 ways to support this site right now:
- Volunteer to help prepare the space on the weekends, beginning this Friday and Saturday. Small groups will sign up for morning or afternoon shifts and paint the space, clean up recreation areas and set up individual classrooms. A sign up is being developed, and will be shared when it is available. Feel free to email Heather Herring with your availability in the meantime and she will sign you up!
- Donate playground equipment for recreation time by Friday, September 4th. Please drop off at the church in the labeled bins on the stage of Wood Fellowship Hall. If you’d like to make other arrangements, please contact Heather Herring.
Internet Hotspots: CMS schools (including Westerly Hills Academy) need 16,000 additional hotspots for students system-wide, due to changes in economic situations for families and the addition of technology support for K-2 students, who are receiving iPads. The CMS Foundation is coordinating in order to minimize cost and prevent inequities between schools. If you are interested in contributing, you may donate online, mail a check to the CMS Foundation at 4421 Stuart Anderson Boulevard, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28217 or text GIVETECH to 44-321.
Family in Need: Another Westerly Hills family has suffered a house fire. Their housing can be repaired, but they did lose their belongings. If you are able to contribute clothing and other needs, please leave them in the labeled bin in Wood Fellowship Hall by Friday, September 4. Please note that drop off should take place between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call church security at 704.507.1898 to access the building. You may also purchase a Walmart gift card and send to Heather Herring (1616 Arborfield Commons Court, Matthews, NC 28105).
Currently, the family needs undergarments, clothes, shoes, hygiene items, cooking supplies, and gift cards.
- Male (3rd grade), 8-year-old, size 6/7 clothes, size 2 shoes, size small underwear
- Female (5th grade), 10-year-old, size large in Jr/Misses clothes, size 8 1/2 shoes, size large bra, size 8 underwear, size 8 1/2 socks.
- Female (4th grade), 9-year-old, size 14/16 clothes or size medium Jr/Misses, size 8 1/2 shoes, size medium bra, size 8 underwear (in women’s underwear due to children’s size being too small).
- Male, 3-year-old, size 4t clothes, size 4t pullups, size 12 shoes.
- Male, 18-month-old, size 18-month clothes, 5t shoes, size 4 diapers
- Mom wears XL in shirts and pants, did not provide any additional information, stating that she just wants assistance with the children getting their needs.
Westerly Hills Academy Apple Tree: Our Westerly Hills Academy Apple Tree will be different this year, due to COVID-19. Instead of providing teachers with classroom supplies, Principal Malacy Williams has asked if our congregation would provide the staff with personalized masks along with cleaning and sanitation supply kits for the teachers. Kits would include large bottles of hand sanitizer, no-wipe disinfectant spray, and wipes and gloves.
If you know of any place that is donating these, or if you have access to extras, please let us know! Contact Barbara Climer if you want to deliver supplies. You can also donate online via Realm.
Meet Thesh! She is our proud Habitat homeowner for this year’s build.
Thesh is originally from Ethiopia but has been in the Charlotte region for a little more than seven years. In her free time, she enjoys watching Manchester United soccer, going to church and visiting with family and friends. She first heard about Habitat through a friend and after doing her own research she walked into the office to learn more. She says her favorite part about the process thus far has been the classes, where she likes the practical, applicable concepts that will help her throughout her life. Thesh is most excited about moving into her home because she can finally have a garden to plant her own flowers. She feels very grateful to be involved in the homeownership process and is thankful for volunteers that are willing to donate their time and energy to this process.
Building starts September 12 with framing and it promises to be a great day.
Because of COVID, this year will look a little different from previous years. Habitat will use its regular crews and staff to build our house this fall and Charlotte Church Partners will provide devotions, prayers, food, and financial contributions–just not workers onsite.
Help us be the best behind the scenes support by praying for Thesh and her family and for all the crews that will build her home.
Marwen McDowell will collect individually wrapped snacks and small water and Gatorade bottle throughout the build. Contact Marwen with questions.
Look for updates throughout the build as we show our love and support for another successful build.
Contact Flo Bryan if you have questions or need guidance with Outreach opportunities.