During the Wall of Fame Dinner on April 25th, the Foundation launched its Decade Challenge. Jerry Helms ’59 laid out the basics at the event. Each decade of graduates will combine efforts to jointly make contributions to the East Mecklenburg High School Foundation. On the evening of the event, jars for each decade were set out and subsequently filled with checks.
If you would like to contribute to your decade’s effort, please click the donate button and find your decade’s fund. If you prefer to send a check, please write your class year in the memo line and send it to:
East Mecklenburg High School Foundation
6800 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
After the event the 2000’s were in the lead, followed closely by the 80s. The Challenge will continue throughout the month of May, so get your gift in soon to make it count. Spread the word to to your classmates so your decade can have the Ultimate Eagle Bragging Rights!!!
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, alumni, friends, teachers, staff and families came together to honor the best of the best at East Meck High School. Four alumni were inducted to the Wall of Fame: Ed Chesnutt ’58, Libby Whitescarver Privette ’59, Joan Nesbit Mabe ’80 and “NoLimit” Larry Mims ’95. Our newest inductees were introduced by Richard Vinroot ’59, Rachel Harkey Helms ’59, Larry McAfee and David Davis respectively.
The Foundation’s newest endeavor was then announced: the All Star Eagle Educator Hall of Honor. At that time, 3 educators were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the East Meck High School Community. Mr. D.K. Pittman was remembered for being our first Principal and leading East for 23 years. Mr. Gene Morgan received a standing ovation for his 49 years as Teacher, Assistant Principal and Volunteer at East Meck. The crowd was then brought to its feet again as Mr. Larry McAfee, Teacher and Coach, was acknowledged for dedicating his career to East Meck students.
The program closed out with remarks from Jerry Helms ’59 who encouraged some friendly fundraising competition between the decades, explaining that the Foundation set up 6 separate funds, one for each decade of East Meck graduates. He then led the entire Auditorium in a beautiful rendition of our Alma Mater.
After the program, all attendees headed to the cafeteria where a delicious meal was waiting for them. Dinner was prepared and served by the award winning Culinary Arts Department. While enjoying their meal, alumni and friends filled out pledge cards and made donations to the Foundation to help the continued support of East Meck Teachers.
East Mecklenburg High School students, Blair Riggsbee ‘17 and Jensine Crowder ‘19, competed at the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Culinary Competition, February 10, 2017 at Johnson and Wales University. The team scored a perfect 100 and brought home the Gold to East Meck. Their stellar performance preparing a Spinach and Arugula Salad with Almond Coated Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette, Herbed Apple Glazed Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Butternut Squash with Brown Butter not only landed them a perfect score, but earned both girls scholarships to Johnson and Wales University.
Riggsbee and Crowder, along with their Culinary Arts teacher, Dale Richardson, will represent East Meck at the National Competition in Nashville, TN scheduled for July 2-6. This with be the first time either girl has visited Nashville. They are excited to travel, compete and represent East Meck.
The Foundation is proud to support the Culinary Arts Department. It’s an honor to provide funding for such a successful program!
Over half of East Meck students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet school. A component of the IB program is community service hours. Several years ago, these hours were logged with pen and paper—quite a feat for 900+ students! The Foundation has provided the IB Magnet Program with funding to purchase a subscription to ManageBac, an online service hours tracking program that streamlines the process for both students, supervisors and East Meck staff.
The East Meck Culinary Arts Department is a major source of pride for the school. Teaching classes that range from basic food and preparation skills to award winning competition teams, Culinary Arts is a well-known entity across CMS. The Foundation provides funding for the program to help offset the cost of food, supplies and appliances. Keep your eyes open for Culinary events—if you haven’t had a chance to sample their delicious creations, you’re missing out!
For many, the Civil Rights Field Trip is a rite of passage for East Meck students. The Foundation is grateful for the dedicated teachers who are willing to accompany our Eagles on this amazing and transformative trip. The Foundation provides funding to pay for all Teacher Chaperones so students have the proper supervision and guidance through the experience.
The East Meck Foundation has become Reunion Central. Class Reunion planners have been enlisting the help of the Foundation to help organize and promote events for alumni. As part of the planning process, classes are requesting donations to help support the East Meck Foundation. The Class of 1965 gave over $5,000 in honor of their 50th Reunion last year. The Class of 1991 set a goal of raising $1,991 for their 25th Reunion. The Foundation was started by the support of its strong alumni base and continues to provide support for teachers thanks to the continued giving of our Eagle Alumni.