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Keeping Life Simple = Happiness PDF Print Email
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:00

mom handsI set myself up for success by setting goals for myself and keeping my life simple. I have made my goals for myself this next year and they are:

Getting Emily through her infancy.

I never had much of a childhood myself, so it is very important to me that Emily has one. I don’t want her knowing the truth. It is not that I don’t want Emily to know we are struggling, I just don’t want her to have the stress. I don’t want her to worry about the bills. I have seen many single moms who share too much with their children and I don’t think it is healthy for them. I understand one day she will realize that we don’t have things that other kids have, but she doesn’t need the stress now. One of my favorite things to do is to take her to ImaginOn storytime.

Five Realities that Keeps Charlotte Kids Uninsured PDF Print Email
Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:00

Uninsured Kids in Charlotte NC

Friday September 23rd could mark the last day of school for students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) who have not gotten required physicals or immunizations. Before the end of the first month of school - all kindergartners are required to have a physical and immunizations, 6th grade students have a required immunization AND any child moving into CMS from another state is required to have a physical done in NC.

School nurses (at the schools lucky enough to have them) are scrambling to keep students in school. Many of the students in danger of being sent home are without health insurance. In Mecklenburg County there is an estimated 30,000 children without health insurance.

Right Moves for Youth PDF Print Email
Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:00

Charlotte AnychildIn my neighborhood being a high school drop out is not a shocking thing. My mom never finished school and neither did my father. In fact, I don’t know many people who have.
My mother says she wants better for me and my brother and sisters. She says she now knows that her high school diploma would have meant a lot for our little family. I want to show my younger brother and sister that school is fun. I want to be the first in my family to graduate.

In 2010 there was a 70% graduation rate in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). For economically disadvantaged children the rate is 10% less. Why does it matter to our community? Dropout rates have implications on crime rates along with our local economy.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten PDF Print Email
Thursday, 11 August 2011 00:00

After mom attended her ParentUniversity class about Preparing for Kindergarten she and grandma looked all through papers with list of things that mom could do to make sure she was doing as much as possible to make sure I was ready for school. Mom told grandma that she wanted to make sure I graduated like she wished she had.

It makes me smile that my mommy is working so hard to make sure I am not so scared when I start school.


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