CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While the majority of kids in Charlotte are spending their summer sleeping in or going to camp, some west Charlotte kids are waking up early to go to school.
But it isn't your average class schedule. It’s an outreach program meant to stop the summer brain drain.
Students say Project Lift is similar to school but often more exciting
“The whole moral of this program is making a difference in yourself, in your community,” said student Sydnni Poole.
The kids spend the day doing things like math problems and reading books.
Shaniqua Earley is one of the college students who is spending her time mentoring the middle school students enrolled in the program.
“When they come here they think ‘This us our summer. Why do we have to read?’ But then they realize it’s not the reading we're focusing on but the connection you make with books,” Earley said. “I think they really connect with the books and they don't look at it as just reading.”
The kids get the occasional break from the classroom, touring real workplaces like ESPNU to see what a career in broadcasting is like.
“I think this is a good age to target because they're coming into themselves and they kind of need that extra guidance now,” Earley, a NC&T student, added.
All together about 1,700 west Charlotte students benefit from Project Lift.
Besides summer programs, it also raises money to put things like laptops in the classroom.