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The Annual Back to School Event is currently being planned for Saturday, August 24th at Cochrane Collegiate Academy located at 6200 Starhaven Drive in Charlotte.

Volunteers will be needed to help with the distribution of new shoes, backpacks and school supplies.

Contact Betty Parker for additional information. 704-491-7979.


Optimist Clubs participate in community service programs that are dedicated to bringing out the best in kids. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community

Although our club is fairly new and still small (less than 20 members), we have great ideas we plan to implement to help the youth on the East side of Charlotte. We feel they deserve activities and educational events to help keep them engaged and out of trouble.

Carolina Cardinals wants to be able to give small monetary prizes (scholarships) for our local essay and oratorical contests. These events are held annually with the local club winners competing to move to the District competition to be eligible to win $2,500.00 in scholarship money.

The Club held its first Back to School program this year, giving out free shoes, t-shirts and backpacks with school supplies. Over 500 people passed through the doors. See the September newsletter for photos.

We plan to start a volleyball club and a bowling club so they will have things they can do indoors when the weather won’t permit tennis or golf.

Education is very important to us also. We partnered with Briarwood Academy to help with their after-school tutoring program. You can see some of the things we did along with them at their website.​ as well as in our photo gallery.