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  • United Way’s new approach: Focus money on Charlotte’s troubled neighborhoods BY MARK PRICE SEPTEMBER 07, 2017 6:16 AM   One year after uptown Charlotte exploded in violent protests over racial inequality, the city’s United Way is responding with a plan to invest millions of dollars into some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. Among the […]

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  • Modeled after a charter, this $32 million Charlotte school sets trends for 2017 AUGUST 24, 2017 11:41 AM BY ANN DOSS HELMS When about 360 students walk into Renaissance West STEAM Academy Monday morning, they’ll see the future of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The $32 million building, which will eventually house up to 1,000 preK-8 students at […]

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  • Editor’s Note (September 2017): A Backdrop for Big Things       Published: 2017.08.17 11:26 PM BY MICHAEL GRAFF charlottemagazine.com ONE EVENING not long after I moved to Charlotte, I slipped into a comfortable chair at Park Road Books to listen to an author who once created an entire fictional community out of fish stories. Daniel Wallace […]

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  •  Construction Begins on Child Development Center    By Ashley Fahey Mar 17, 2017, 12:51pm EDT CBJ website   Construction has begun on a new child-development facility at The Renaissance public-housing community. The Howard R. Levine Child Development Center, expected to be complete in October, will serve 152 children, from infants to five-year-olds. The project is […]

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  • During Black History Month, The Post is highlighting African Americans who are making contributions in Charlotte.       BLACK CHARLOTTE GAME CHANGERS Thursday, February 2, 2017 Section B. William “Mack” McDonald Jr. CEO of Renaissance West Community Initiative. McDonald, who Succeeded Laura Clark Jan 1, was the RWCI’s Chief Operating Officer before taking over […]

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  • In a place once torn by violence, an artist found a surprising way to help people remember – and move forward. November 10, 2016 BY PAM KELLEY AND PAGE LEGGETT   Back in May, when artist Monique Luck led workshops at the new Renaissance community near the Charlotte airport, residents kept asking – a little […]

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  •   Renaissance West Community Initiative Names New CEO   William “Mack” McDonald, Jr., will replace Laura Clark and lead RWCI into its next phase CHARLOTTE, Oct. 7, 2016 – Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) has named William “Mack” McDonald, Jr., as its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Mack will succeed Laura Clark, who has […]

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  • Free water safety classes for local kids     CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It happens somewhere in the Carolinas every summer. A young person drowns after falling into water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American children are five times more likely to drown in a swimming pool […]

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  • Hornets pledge $500,000 in literacy projects CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO  Russ Owens, WCNC 9:02 PM. EDT June 20, 2016 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets hold their annual day of service each and every year, and this year was no different. Owner Michael Jordan and company continue their commitment to Buzz City by pledging $500,000 in […]

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  • Below is a video compilation of some of the out-of-school time events held at Renaissance over the last year. The UNC Charlotte Writing Project held a camp for 6th-12th graders at RWCI this summer. One of their projects was to collect an Oral History of the neighborhood. They interviewed seniors living at The Residences at Renaissance, many […]

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