Community Service at Queens
Scrubby Bear at Sedgefield Elementary
During the 2011-2012 academic year Queens performed 80,353 hours of community service at home and aboard. This would not have been possible without our valuable partnerships.
We believe partnering with Queens is a transformative experience for our Queens community as well as the communities we serve. Queens has many valuable and varied partners, but is also committed to sustainable and systemic change with our strategic partner, Sedgefield Elementary. The partnership began in 2011 and in just two years, test scores have improved and Sedgefield has become a second home to Queens faculty, staff and students. Our time and talents have been used to create new murals on the walls, start an after school garden club, create and sustain a friendship Trays garden, mentoring, tutoring, lunch buddies, big brothers big sisters and much more.
Karen Arrington, the family advocate at Sedgefield explains the effect that the Queens Partnership has had on the Sedgefield community:
"Queens and Sedgefield have a wonderful partnership! Queens consistently offers a helping hand and will offer their assistance in any capacity. For example they send volunteers who come Monday through Friday to help our students, whether it is for tutoring, lunch buddy, garden club, or read-a-thon activities. They volunteer not only individually but in large groups as well. Several of the sports teams have been very beneficial in working with our afterschool program as well as assisting our media specialist with big projects in the media center. The great thing about partnering with Queens is that they are always available. Their dependability and consistency is something our students and staff really value here at Sedgefield. Queens also has a creative way of executing projects and engaging our children. They always add a fun twist for our students and make sure they are enthusiastic about learning. We appreciate all of Queens's support and are very excited about our continued partnership with them. Any outside organization would benefit and thoroughly enjoy a partnership with Queens".
Other partnerships with Queens include:
- Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
- Crisis Assistance Ministry
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlotte
- Freedom Schools
- American Cancer Society
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Friendship Gardens
- The Salvation Army
- Men's Shelter of Charlotte
- American Red Cross
- Catawba Lands Conservancy
- Girls on the Run
- Parks and Recreation of Charlotte
- Loaves and Fishes
- Urban Ministries
- Community Blood Center