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Cabarrus Cares for Kids J A N U A R Y , F E B R U A R Y , & M A R C H INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Pam Smith, Winner of ED Corner 2 CRSaeyc 2 2011 Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award Announcement Arath’s Story The person selected as the recipient of this year‟s Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award 3 Cuddle Up Coat 4 (Pam Smith) is one who has worked diligently on behalf of homeless children and families. Drive Pam works tirelessly to encourage, support and motivate families who are in crisis. She is a person who is consistently described as someone who 'walks what she talks'. She holds up high standards for herself and the others around her. In the professional arena, she is a person who is known to run a „tight ship‟, is organized, structured and always strives for excellence. She is also known for her generosity of spirit- she is extremely generous of herself and anything she has. She wears many hats and juggles them like an expert. To some parents, Pam is the voice that tells them they can finish school and provide a stable home for their chil- dren. To others, she is the fun-loving lady who buys blinking flip flops to match a child‟s shoes so they can dance together in the kitchen, loves potato chips and sings while she works. And still to others, she is the lady who has fish painted on the walls, plants a garden in the backyard of a shelter so the „city kids‟ can see how vegetables grow and shows up at 4am on Christmas morning to prepare surprises for the children. Pam is a wife, mother, church mem- ber, passionate woman of integrity, an innovator with the heart of a shepherd and the courage of a lion. She will not stop working on behalf of families and children in our community until every child has a safe and stable home, and every parent has a vision of a bright future. Congratulations Pam from the Partnership Staff!! PAGE 2 ED Corner Happy New Year! the Smart Start Commu- deductible contributions. nity Needs Assessment All tax deductible I know we are all very that should be contributions will help hopeful that 2012 will be completed in the next children and families in a better year for our month. The Partnership Cabarrus County. youngest children in must have accurate Cabarrus County. We needs documented so A great big thank you to have survived the hard- we spend our State all who support the Ann Benfield est year in the history of dollars on the children in Partnership, without the Partnership and we our county with the are very excited about greatest need, since State your support and help, planning for the New dollars continue to we would not have been Year. decrease. able to survive the last twelve years! The Partnership is The Partnership Board of “We have survived currently working on our Directors will be seeking Thank you. Smart Start Annual Plan private donations in a the hardest year in the history of the for 2012 -2013. We are also getting ready to direct mail campaign in the coming months in Ann start taking applications hopes of providing more Partnership and for the 2012-2013 NCPK administrative and we are very Program. program support in our county. excited about We are really looking Please remember the planning for the forward to the results of Partnership for tax New Year”. CRSaeyc Announcement ~ Ann Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. This is a fun-filled training that combines nature study with art, music, movement, reading, math, and more. Expect indoor/outdoor transitions, active play and fun so dress accordingly as we explore nature! Lunch provided. (O.6 CEUs with a potential for earning 0.4 more!) DATE: Saturday, February 25, 2012 TIME: 8:30 am-3:30 pm PLACE: Rowan Cabarrus Community College South Campus 1531 Trinity Church Road Concord, NC 28027 Rm. 2226 Cost: $15.00 for Current Members of CRSaeyc/ $20.00 for Non-Members Fee includes: Boxed Lunch, Snacks, A Growing Up Wild Manual & Training Questions? Call Maureen O’Bryan at 704-425-8623 Space is limited to the first 25 participants to register. PAGE 3 Arath’s Story The Cabarrus the State of North Carolina, Arath is now starting to read Partnership for Children which is awesome for an in Spanish. Arath‟s parents would like for you to ESL child. believe this program is meet Arath N. He is in important because “the kids the fourth grade at Fred L. Statements from are our future. Show them Wilson Elementary in the mom and dad: “He always the right way! One year is Kannapolis City School wanted to learn more and enough to show them the System. know more. Sometimes he basics in math, reading, and would pick on the kids writing.” His parent‟s are very Arath is a stellar because he wanted them to proud of his accomplishments example of the benefits of learn it, too. He gets things and thank the More at Four Smart Start and More at done so fast, and then he Program for giving him the Four. He started in our gets bored.” opportunity so many years programs in 2006-2007 at ago. Fred L. Wilson Elementary The family saw how understanding only beneficial Pre-K was for Spanish and within 3 Arath and they wanted their months he was fluent in little girl in the program as English. well, but there was no room in the More at Four Last spring he Program when she was exited the English as four. Second Language (ESL) program and is now he in Arath‟s parents the Academically Gifted believe the More at Four Program (AIG). To enter Program taught him the this program you must “fundamentals - the rank in the top 5-8% in important things in life.” 19th Annual Coming Together for Children Conference is being held on March 31, 2012 at Winkler Middle School from 7:30– 12:45 p.m. Brochures are going out now!!! 2353 Concord Lake Rd. www.cabarruspartnership.org Suite 160 Concord, NC 28025 704-262-3683 Thank you Everyone for a Successful Coat Drive! The Cabarrus Partnership for Children would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our 5th annual „Cuddle Up Coat Drive‟ a success! We were able to provide coats and winter clothing to more than 250 children in Cabarrus County. Many local businesses and community organizations worked with our dedicated staff this year. See our December issue for more information on those groups. Since our last report, Cox Mill Elementary students in the Exception Children Department have worked very hard to collect hats, gloves and scarves for our event. These children went over the top in collecting these items. They made signs for the school announcing their project, promoted it to family and friends, and then created a beautiful display in the lobby of the school as the collection point. Thanks to these amazing students, they collected an abundance of winter items for local children in need. Way to go!
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