“We serve in a school that is ranked 290th out of 293 elementary schools in the greater Charlotte region.”

 

The street we live on traces its routes back to the days of “shotgun” houses, and is noted as one of the more historically preserved areas of west Charlotte. Right down the street is Johnson C. Smith University which dates itself back to the mid 1800s. It is one of the oldest predominately African American universities in North Carolina and was established originally by two presbyterian ministers with the intention of providing education to freed slaves. While all of this beauty and rich culture is here, it remains a hidden gem for most in Charlotte.

Historically, west Charlotte is considered one of the most underserved areas in all of Charlotte. We serve in a school that is ranked 290th out of 293 elementary schools in the greater Charlotte region. With 27% of children reading at grade level and a high school that recently reported a graduation rate of 51%, the statistics are daunting. We understand the Lord has been working in our community for a long time.

 

There have been countless leaders who have advocated for this community, and we have met many who continue to do so. Our hope is that we can come alongside the Lord and these leaders in the community to offer ourselves as both an advocate and an agent of grace.