Matthews-Mint Hill Education Notes

Local students need votes for global change campaign

Mothering Across Continents, a Charlotte-based nonprofit, recently launched Any1Can Vote, a campaign and contest featuring hand-painted T-shirts expressing seven global issues by area students, including some at Independence and Rocky River high schools.

(Above) Carolina Sanchez, a student at Rocky River High School, paints a shirt for the Any1Can Vote project. Carolina’s shirt is a finalist in the hunger category.

(Above) Carolina Sanchez, a student at Rocky River High School, paints a shirt for the Any1Can Vote project. Carolina’s shirt is a finalist in the hunger category.

The campaign addresses seven global issues including poverty, hunger, water, conflict, education, environment and tolerance. The community is asked to vote for their favorite T-shirt, at, by donating $1 per vote. Proceeds will support the nonprofit’s education efforts in South Sudan. Voting ends Friday, Feb. 28.

Three of the competition’s 21 T-shirts are from Mint Hill-area schools. Rocky River High School has one entry in the hunger category, and Independence High School has two entries, one in education and a second in environment. A panel of graphic designers, former fashion students and boutique managers selected the schools’ designs from 2,000 T-shirts, which all were painted by Charlotte-area middle and high school students. The shirts were part of the Any1Can Project last school year, a service learning initiative that involved painting the T-shirts. All 2,000 T-shirts were featured at Sensoria, the annual arts and literature festival of Central Piedmont Community College.

Find more information on Mothering Across Continents at

COS Kids to host flapjack fundraiser

Tickets are on sale now for an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit Christ Our Shepherd Kids that will take place March 29, a Saturday.

Tickets for the breakfast cost $7 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. The breakfast will run from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 9616 E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help purchase toys for the organization’s gym and playgrounds.

Find more information on COS Kids at


Harris Teeter TIE brings money to local students and schools

Two local students recently earned money for themselves, as well as their schools, as part of Harris Teeter’s Together in Education (TIE) $100,000 Giveaway.

Kelly Turner, a student at Covenant Day School, and Andrew Cudahy, a student at Butler High School, both were named week 3 winners.

During the giveaway, a winner, or weekly contestant, is randomly drawn every Wednesday starting Jan. 22 and ending April 2. The TIE Prize Patrol presents weekly winners with an initial $250 and then searches their home for Harris Teeter brand products. Contestants and the TIE school their VIC cards are linked to each earn $50 for every Harris Teeter product found. The maximum each weekend is $10,000, and if the maximum is not reached at the first winner’s home, the Prize Patrol will move on to another weekly contestant’s home until the full $10,000 is awarded.

Kelly earned $2,200 and an additional $2,200 for Covenant Day through the giveaway. Andrew earned $2,800, as well as another $2,800 for

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