When Karen and Harding Cross III packed their 5-year-old son’s Captain America lunch bag and walked him into Morehead STEM Academy Monday morning, the family took part in a rite of passage that goes back generations.
It’s been intense for the past five school years, as the $50 million Project LIFT that emerged has experimented with new paths to success, including a year-round calendar at Bruns, Druid Hills, Thomasboro and Walter G. Byers K-8 schools.
Daniel Gilmore of West Charlotte High has found direction through ROTC and plans to join the Army after graduation. Despite the death of his mother and grandmother, Gilmore has found strength in his ROTC program. He's part of the 2017 class that Project LIFT has touted as hitting 90 percent graduation.