I know we’re just a few days into the school year, but CMS just got their “report card” on school performance. Three east Charlotte schools improved a letter grade from last year: Shamrock Gardens Elementary, Hickory Grove Elementary, and Winterfield Elementary! Great job!
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This past weekend Charlotteans celebrated Independence Day all across the city. A crowd of hundreds gathered in east Charlotte for the 47th Annual Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration. The event featured not only the parade but also live music, games, food, and fun contests.
City Officials and candidates for Charlotte mayor and City Council joined residents in the festivities. A good time was had by all!
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Let’s cut to the chase: there’s a greasy pole climb at this event! I mean, isn’t that enough to get you to come out and celebrate the 4th of July in east Charlotte!? Join us in east Charlotte for the 47th Annual Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration. It’s the biggest east Charlotte Block Party of the Summer. The fun includes live music, games, food, and contests.The event will takes place on Saturday, July 4th 10:30am – 2:30pm.
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A new CMS K-5 Public Elementary School has been built in east Charlotte and was recently named Lawrence Orr Elementary School. The school is located at 4835 Shamrock Drive just off of North Sharon Amity Road and Hickory Grove Road. The school will open to students in Fall 2015.
The school is named after Lawrence Orr. According to a submission to the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, Mr. Orr was active in the African American community of Crab Orchard which is now known as Hickory Grove. The report states that Mr. Orr owned and operated a general store at the corner of Shamrock Drive and Hickory Grove Road (near the site of the new school) in the 1930s and 40s and that it was the only African America owned business in the area at the time.
Lawrence Orr Elementary School colors are black, metallic gold, and orange which were selected by parents, future students, and staff members. The mascot will be a lion. A logo is currently under development.
The 47th Annual Hickory Grove Fourth of July Parade and Celebration is looking for volunteers to help with their event. The all-volunteer Hickory Grove Parade Association relies on an army of volunteers and sponsors to make the annual event a success. Visit www.hickorygroveparade.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 704-537-0710 or 704-537-2269 for more information.
The Committee meets at the Grove Presbyterian Church, 5735 East WT Harris Blvd. at 7:00pm every Wednesday. New members are welcome!