Charlotte, NC – Communities In Schools staff on the Project L.I.F.T. Team (Leadership and Investment for Transformation) will host a “Future Lions Day” at West Charlotte High School for eighth grade students on Thursday, December 6. The half-day program and tour of the campus is designed to give 8th graders from West Charlotte’s feeder zone middle schools a “preview” of the high school experience, including the opportunity to meet some of the staff and WCHS administrators, as well as current West Charlotte student leaders.
“Coming to this large campus as a rising freshman can be intimidating,” said Jessica Williams, a CIS Site Coordinator at Ashley Park PK-8 School, one of the Project L.I.F.T. schools that feeds into West Charlotte High School. “Not every student has an older sibling who has ‘been there, done that’ – there are lots of students zoned to attend West Charlotte who have never set foot on the campus.”
Approximately 130 eighth graders from the six feeder middle schools are expected to attend. They’ll be greeted by West Charlotte’s popular marching band and the West Charlotte cheerleaders, and see a presentation by the West Charlotte High School Army Junior ROTC. Students will learn more about the various courses and extracurricular programs West charlotte offers. They’ll even play a round of “West Charlotte trivia” to learn some of the venerable history and traditions of the school. After touring the campus, students will have lunch in the auditorium, followed by a “rap session” with current West Charlotte students.
"This school has an incredible history and we want to help instill that sense of pride and excitement about becoming a future Lion,” said Williams. “At the same time, we want rising freshman to be better prepared for the big differences they’ll encounter in high school, compared to middle school. If they are more familiar with the campus, know what to expect and perhaps see a familiar face when they return in the fall, then they will be more confident and excited about high school and all that goes with it.”
December 6 Agenda – “Future Lions Day”
9:30 – 10:15 am Welcome – Auditorium
• WCHS Band, Cheerleaders, and Jr. ROTC
• West Charlotte Trivia
• Remarks from Asst. Principal Ms. Timisha Barnes-Jones, CIS Executive Director Molly Shaw, and Freshman Academy Director Ms. Alexandria Elliott
10:15 – 11:55 Concurrent Tours of the Campus
11:55 – 12:15 Lunch - Auditorium
12:15 – 1:00 Open Rap Session with Student Leaders - Auditorium
1:00 – 1:15 Closing and Dismissal
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Communities In Schools (CIS) surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. An affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg serves over 7,000 students annually in 45 high-need Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools who are most at-risk for dropping out. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization , Communities In Schools is helping build a stronger local community where every child is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential. www.cischarlotte.org
Project L.I.F.T. (Leadership and Investment For Transformation) is a philanthropic initiative composed of leaders from Charlotte’s largest community and family foundations. Project L.I.F.T. aims to accelerate the improvement of academic outcomes for children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools West Charlotte corridor. www.projectliftcharlotte.org