When Eastland Mall closed, it left little for the youth to do. Prior to being demolished, they could go there to the movies, the ice skating rink, concessions, shop and just “hang out” with their friends.
We saw a need and last summer we partnered with the Garinger High School and conducted our first Tennis Camp. By incorporating the Nutrition Program, parents were able to provide a healthy breakfast and lunch for their children each day while they were out of school.
The tennis camp has provided a safe haven for these children, where they not only learn to play the game of tennis, but develop other skill-sets such as good sportsmanship, team building, reading skills, oratorical practices and book reporting.
The 2017 Camp will be held at West Charlotte High School - 2219 Senior Drive (off LaSalle Street).
The Club has partnered with the Briarwood Academy, the local elementary school, to provide tutoring, EOG monitoring, and after-school support. The school has provided us with space that is called the "The Briarwood Cottage", where adults can come to search for jobs on the internet, youth can get help with homework and receive tutoring. Rosetta Stone will be available for persons to receive help with English as a Second language or conversational Spanish. We thank the East Board for their financial assistance in providing funds to purchase snacks and supplies. We also thank the Briarwood PTSA for their support.
In partnership with Shannon Park Neighborhood Association, the Club participated in a school dance at Briarwood where admission was a canned good. The food will be sent to Greater Bethel AME Church's Missionary Food Pantry to help provide baskets for families at Thanksgiving.
Carolina Cardinals Optimist Club
Founded: February 4, 2016
President: Betty Parker
President Elect: Coach Brenda Slade
Secretary/Treasurer: Bobbi Hague
JOI Advisor: Shanoah Parker
OI Foundation Rep: William Lide
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Dingle