News from Brookstone

Join us as we welcome Betsy Hendricks, our new Volunteer Coordinator at Brookstone.

Betsy comes to us with 30 years of management experience specializing in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and special event coordination. Her professional career includes working with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Crisis Assistance Ministry, and as the Outreach Director for Forest Hill Church since 2013.

While in her role at Forest Hill, Betsy collaborated with Congregations for Kids and For Charlotte Mission Network. She initiated and implemented a Reading Buddy and Mentor program at Riverview Elementary School, one of the Title 1 schools included in the outreach ministry of Forest Hill Church.

Betsy has a heart for community transformation, particularly the challenges facing under-resourced children and families in Charlotte. The bottom line is – Betsy loves working with people! We have no doubt but that she will be a great asset to our ministry. Please stop by the advancement office and say hello to Betsy.

A few words from Betsy…

“My 30-year career in Charlotte non-profits has helped me understand the most pressing needs of our city and to engage in tangible solutions that have a positive impact on our neighbors.

I believe God gives each of us spiritual gifts and to honor Him is to use them to plant seeds of hope in others. I love helping people discover their gifts and connecting them to opportunities to advocate for and participate in purposeful service.

As a staff member of Brookstone Schools, I am honored to be a part of a team who cares deeply about the school’s vision and works collaboratively to achieve a Christ centered mission to restore lives, help children achieve their full potential and glorify God.

LEVINE FOUNDATION AWARDS $150,000 CHALLENGE GRANT TO BROOKSTONE SCHOOLS

Needed funds would provide additional programs and classrooms at inner-city school for economically disadvantaged students

Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 8, 2016 – Brookstone Schools is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a major challenge grant from the prestigious Leon Levine Foundation in Charlotte. The philanthropic foundation has pledged $150,000 in matching funds to Brookstone Schools for the expansion of programming and classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year. Gifts from new donors and increased giving from current supporters will be matched dollar for dollar until May 31, 2017.

“We are honored to partner with The Leon Levine Foundation to provide a life-changing, holistic education for at-risk children,” said Steve Hall, Brookstone Schools Head of School. “Through this gift, more students in Charlotte will receive a quality education and strong moral foundation that will lead to future lives of leadership and service.”

The grant represents an exceptional gift to Brookstone Schools, a non-profit, Christ-centered school serving disadvantaged urban youth in Uptown Charlotte. Brookstone serves 155 students in grades K-8. Eighty-seven percent of students qualify for reduced or free lunch. Parents pay a small, affordable portion of tuition, leaving Brookstone to raise more than 90 percent of its operating costs from outside sources.

The mission provides an accelerated, comprehensive educational program that is gaining recognition for its success. The spring 2016 standardized test scores indicate that Brookstone students are performing at the 74thpercentile compared to similar low-socioeconomic students across the nation. Teachers emphasize character formation along with academic excellence, aiming to shape future leaders for local communities.

Individuals and corporations interested in contributing to the matching grant may do so by making an online donation at www.brookstoneschools.org, mailing a check payable to Brookstone Schools (P.O. Box 667890, Charlotte, N.C. 28266), or by calling the advancement office at (704) 392-6330.

 

About Brookstone Schools

Brookstone Schools is a non-profit Christ-centered school serving inner-city children and families since 2001. Brookstone offers an opportunity for parents who want a choice in how they educate their children but are unable to afford a private education. Our students learn not only facts, but how to use this knowledge in all aspects of their lives.

Brookstone Schools is located in Uptown Charlotte (301 South Davidson St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202). All gifts made to Brookstone Schools are tax deductible. For more information, please visit www.brookstoneschools.org.

 

Contact:
Laura Townsend
Marketing & Communications Manager
(704) 392-6330
laura.townsend@brookstoneschools.org

WTVI, the local PBS affiliate, was here near the end of 2015 to do a story on Brookstone. Head of School Steve Hall shares his excitement and gratitude in saying,

“I am thankful to have such a professional service being provided for us, both the quality video and the marketing to the community… And though they chose one story, it represents for me all the miraculous work that goes on here every day by all of you. Thank you for your passion, commitment and love for the Brookstone family. To God be the glory.”

Carolina Impact (WTVI) Visits Brookstone Schools