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|Charlotte Post Foundation honors Charlotte's best at gala|
|Annual banquet acknowledges scholars, mentors|
|Published Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:37 pm|
|PHOTO/PAUL WILLIAMS III|
|Charlotte Post Foundation Chair Gerald Johnson, second from left and his wife Linda with Post Best honorees Daisy Walker, Darrel Williams and Catherine Hill at the annual gala at Charlotte Marriott City Center.|
Charlotte turned out to celebrate scholarship and service in the African American community at Saturday’s Charlotte Post banquet.
The 21st gala, held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, is the annual fundraiser for The Charlotte Post Foundation, a nonprofit that produces academic and service programs. The celebration honored Top Senior of The Year Sara Hailu, a Levine Middle College alumnus and a freshman at Princeton University; Top Senior runner-up Catherine Hill, a Hopewell High School graduate now at N.C. State University; Educator of the Year Daisy Walker of West Charlotte High School and Luminary of the Year Darrel Williams.
“Education is at the forefront of everything we do,” said Post Foundation Chair Gerald Johnson, publisher of The Charlotte Post. “Hopefully, it makes a difference in the community we care so much about.”
Among the foundation’s initiatives are:
• Walter Byers Elementary School after school program, which provides year-round literacy sessions three days a week using the Level Literacy Intervention tool. LLI is a supplementary intervention for children who struggle with reading and writing.
“If our children can’t read by the fourth grade, they feed the pipeline to prison and most of them will be young black men,” said Post Foundation member Gloria Pace King.
• Top Seniors, an annual scholarship program that recognize academic achievement among African American students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Wake County high schools. Seniors with a minimum 3.25 grade point average are eligible for recognition in the annual magazine and college scholarships for the senior of the year and runner up.
• Black Lives Matter Charlotte, a series of monthly forums that engage the community in action to close disparities impacting Charlotte regarding economic mobility, health, education and criminal justice.
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