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.
In March of 2016, East Meck students performed the first musical in the auditorium in 25 years. Choral teacher, Kathryn Heinen, and drama teachers, Bernadette MacLeod, asked the Foundation for help purchasing the rights to the show Footloose. Students welcomed this new opportunity with open arms and everyone who attended the performances left with a bounce in their step and a smile on their face. The Foundation is honored to have helped get the program off the ground and we’re looking forward to seeing the 2017 production of The Wiz. East Meck has some truly talented kids and luckily we have amazing teachers who are dedicated to helping these students grow!
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.
Friday, September 30th marked the 8th Annual East Mecklenburg Golf Tournament. The sun was shining down on the 78 golfers who arrived at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation ready to play and support the East Meck Foundation. Title Sponsor, Linden Thomas and Company, along with a multitude of Double Eagle, Gold and Blue Sponsors helped elevate the tournament to new levels. The event raised over $17,000 for the Foundation. Thank you to all who participated, sponsored, volunteered and supported. It was a fabulous event for an amazing cause!