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It's Time

It's Time

It’s time... To step up. To be a part of the solution. To offer your greatest asset, yourself, and your most valuable commodity, your time.

It’s time... To give 60 of the 10,080 minutes in your week. Less than 1% of your week... to impact 100% of theirs.

It’s time... To let your excuses rest. To increase our presence. To experience the transformation that giving of self can catalyze.

It’s your time. It’s our time. It’s about time.

It’s time.

We’re excited to kick off our EIGHTH YEAR of Catapult, Watershed’s effort to support local schools through tutoring, mentoring, and staff appreciation! This year we’re continuing partnerships with two Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools: Walter G. Byers and Shamrock Gardens Elementary. Want to join this movement of people from our community? Here's how you can get involved:

Tutoring: Spend 30-45 minutes each week tutoring an elementary-aged student and building a special friendship! No education experience required, schools provide the tutoring material. We’ll work with you to set up a day and time that fits your schedule. Click here to express interest. Byers and Shamrock

Mentoring: Help out with Girls on the Run or Right Moves for Youth. Days and times TBD. Click here to learn more about each program and express interest. Byers Only

Staff Support: Become a Staff Pal to an educator, or join an email list to receive information about helping out at staff appreciation events throughout the year. Click here to learn more and get involved. Byers Only

Mother Teresa famously said, "Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you." In the wake of tension and injustice, people often wonder, "What can I possibly do?" Let's take Mother Teresa's words to heart. Let's show the next generation (and those who teach them) that we care, and let's make space for our own hearts to experience transformation in the process. 

There's no better time than now.

Join us?


Reshaping the Future

Reshaping the Future

"It does take a village to raise a child. It is the role of the entire community to uplift this school."

Last Sunday Principal Sarah Reeves from Shamrock Gardens Elementary School came to Watershed's Sunday Gatherings to share about the importance of community support in education (watch the full interview below). Through Catapult, Watershed's local justice initiative, volunteers have been coming alongside the staff and students at Walter G. Byers school for more than seven years. We are so excited to launch this second school partnership with Shamrock!

Our primary focus at Shamrock will be providing reading buddies to scholars who need them. That's right - scholars. It's no accident that the young people at Shamrock are labeled with a word loaded with such potential. The staff wants Shamrock students to know just how much they believe in them, and part of helping scholars internalize that belief is having people from outside the school community reinforce it as well.

On Sunday Principal Reeves shared some sobering statistics with our Watershed community:

"Reading is the achievement gap for our kids. You could fill the NC music factory amphitheater with [CMS 3rd graders] who are below proficient in reading. There is so much research that shows if you don’t get them by the end of 3rd grade, the chance of them becoming proficient really decreases. States look at 4th grade reading proficiency levels to project prison rates. Getting our kids on grade level is a non-negotiable."

Inevitably these stats and figures beg one question: what is the solution?

The solution is layered and complex, but one facet that seems to be moving the needle is matching up struggling readers with one-on-one reading tutors. 85% of the 3rd grade scholars at Shamrock Gardens who started with a reading buddy before October are now on grade level. For just an hour a week, it truly is possible to help reshape the future for a struggling student in this community. 

Watershed's goal is to resource Shamrock Gardens with 20 new reading buddies before the end of March. As a reading buddy, you'd visit your student for 30-45 minutes each week on a consistent day and time. Resources and lessons plans are provided - no education experience necessary!

Thank you, Principal Reeves, for visiting Watershed and providing our community with an opportunity to undermine injustice right in our backyard.  

Would you like more information or are you ready to jump in? Click here to get involved!