Things are hopping at CPN!

Written by Amanda Cote

On April 19, 2011

Spring Break may be here for the schools, but things are hopping here at CPN!

On Monday, Laura attended the New Rosemont Neighborhood Association meeting where President Nancy Button signed the official paperwork setting up a $300,000 endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation to provide lasting benefit to Rosemont residents. CPN will be the nonprofit beneficiary of the income distributed via the endowment and will work closely with New Rosemont leaders to distribute the proceeds to meet community priorities such as senior programs, youth programs, and scholarships.

On Tuesday, Dwayne attended the Union Heights Neighborhood Association at the Gethsemane Community Center in North Charleston.  He gave a presentation on Charleston Promise Neighborhood and listened to the concerns of the community.  Those concerns were included in the Community Engagement Council results that will be reviewed and put into a workplan by the Council to achieve the results.

Chicora Elementary Math Bowl

Chicora Elementary Math Bowl

Also on Tuesday, Vicky was honored to be the judge of the Chicora Elementary Math Bowl.  This Math Bowl was a great way to recognize the students that are the top achievers in their grade for the quarter.  Awards were handed out by Principal Camille Hendrix.

During the break while the judges deliberated, the parents went into the cafeteria and were taught math games and other skills to make math fun.  This way the students will continue practicing their math for the entire summer!

On Saturday, Laura hosted a Brunch and Brainstorming group for a new CPN initiative called SistaFriends.  SistaFriends is a multi-year women’s empowerment initiative designed to build trusting relationships, expand horizons, and create support for women to lift themselves out of poverty.

Volunteers Painting at Mary Ford

Volunteers Painting at Mary Ford

On Saturday, Amanda was at Mary Ford Elementary with over 120 volunteers to kick off the painting project.  Volunteers from LoveGave, The Mission Continues, Communities in Schools, and Charleston Promise Neighborhood as well as residents of the surrounding neighborhood began taping, priming, and painting at 9:30am.

Some of the students from Mary Ford worked on the landscaping and planting around the entrance to the school.  A thank you celebration was held at 2pm by Principal Mary Reynolds.  Volunteers continue this week during Spring Break to complete the painting of the entire school!  See how Mary Ford gets a new look for Spring in the news.

Our thanks to all of the dedicated Neighborhood residents, volunteers, and partners who continue to inspire our entire team.

Amanda Coté