Putting kids first

High school is challenging for everyone, but being a high school student taking college courses can create a unique set of challenges. Merancas students take college-level courses at Central Piedmont Community College so it is usually difficult to get all the students together for fun.

That’s what inspired teachers at Merancas Middle College to create First Friday, a monthly event where students come together for fellowship, mentoring, physical activities, arts and crafts and mental health support. The students and staff also collect items for Urban Ministry to help Charlotte’s homeless population. For November, the students decorated pumpkins and cookies, raced in teams outside and held mentoring sessions for students.

“Our students have hard classes and they’re so busy,” said Principal Jametta Martin-Tanner. “They’re basically like mini-adults. The best part of First Friday is being able to see them be kids again. Our staff sometimes can act like kids, too.”

Watch the video below to see the latest First Friday.