Reading is Important
"A student who can't read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less
likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time.
Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13
times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer,"
Among large North Carolina public school districts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg,
Guilford and Wake County public schools graduate their White male students
at or slightly above the national average, with both Charlotte-Mecklenburg and
Wake counties showing unusually large achievement gaps.
Black students accounted for 78% of "Total Mental Retardation" classifications,
while White students accounted for 17%. Black students accounted for 77% of
classifications for "Emotional Disturbance" and 57% of "Specific Learning Disabilities"
An incredible number of African American boys and girls are
subjected to disproportionate discipline as compared to their white counterparts.
Healthy Communities Hometown Hero's Breakfast
The Healthy Communities Walk begins with the Healthy Communites Hometown Hero's Breakfast. This breakfast is sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 16615.
As a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen is dedicated to
improving the quality of life for families and communities.
The Hometown Hero Program gives Modern Woodmen members a chance
to recognize others in the community who strive to
do the same thing through volunteerism or an act of bravery.
Chapter members choose a member of the community they would like to thank through this program. It can be a chapter member, but often it is another member of the community. To show appreciation for all the work they have done for the community, the chapter recognizes the honoree with a dinner or another gathering and presents them with a certificate and a $100 donation to the charity of their choice.
Modern Woodmen helps pay for this activity and provides a certificate for the chapter to present to the recipient.