South Charlotte

Mint Hill youths get creative to serve community

Three Mint Hill area youths have found some creative ways to serve their community.

Connor Fohr, 12, was recently presented a certificate by the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners for his efforts in helping to raise money to save the historic Bain school building.

When he was in fifth grade at Bain Elementary, Connor’s homework included keeping up with and writing summaries of current events.

He came home from school one day and told his mom he needed to have a bake sale to save the building.

“I didn’t know what he was talking about at first. But he heard that they wanted to restore the building and turn it into a performing arts center. He loves performing arts, and he loves Bain school. So this was the best of both worlds, as far as he was concerned,” said Denise Fohr.

Connor, and two of his friends in his Olde Sycamore neighborhood, raised $131.25 to donate to the cause – the first fundraiser held for the cause.

He is now in seventh grade at Mint Hill Middle School, and he is still actively involved in the restoration efforts. Currently, Connor is helping his mom gather items that will be used in the silent auction at Bain’s All-Class Reunion set for Nov. 15 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

Bulletproof vests

Landon Weyenberg, a sixth grader at Hickory Grove Christian School, lives on the outskirts of Mint Hill.

He recently was honored by the Mint Hill Police Department for raising $1,400 to buy bulletproof vests for the department’s two new canine officers.

The impetus for his efforts came from his language arts class, where each student was challenged to find a project that would help the community.

“I wanted to choose something different, and I thought about canines and how I could help protect them. I found a fundraising website and raised enough money in four days to get the dogs their vests,” Landon said.

Book collection

Last summer, Jake Glanzer, now a fifth grader at Bain Elementary School, was looking for a service project that would help him qualify for his school’s Safety Patrol in the fall.

He collected more than 500 books to donate to Julia’s Café and Books, a coffee shop and used bookstore adjacent to the Windsor ReStore. Cafe proceeds support Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte.

Jake put out fliers in his Fairington Oaks neighborhood to solicit used books. With the help of his mother Kelly Glanzer, he also visited about 20 area elementary schools and offered to take any unwanted books off their hands.

He was recently invited to help with the children’s sermon at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where he explained to the kids what his project entailed and the importance of service to others.

After writing up his project and filling out an application, he was chosen as one of the safety patrol members at Bain for the 2014-2015 school year.

His teacher, Lorraine McElrath, says his summer foray into service has carried over into the classroom.

“Jake is eager to help in class. He even took a classroom game home to reorganize when he saw how many pieces were misplaced. He takes his job as classroom banker very seriously and makes sure he fulfills all his duties. Jake is a very dedicated, hardworking student,” said McElrath.