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Thank you APICS Charlotte for your donations made for our Salvation Army Angel Tree fundraiser in December.  Unfortunately we missed the deadline for the Angel Tree so In lieu of, a food pantry donation was made to Windsor Park Elementary School in Charlotte. With our donations and a donation match made by a Board member we were able to donate about $400.00 of pantry items to their foodbank.
Windsor Park is a Title 1 school with a 100 percent poverty level. There are even students who are homeless and about 150 who have immediate needs. 
A food pantry was setup at the school so these children will have a confidential place to go and ask for food items for weekends, teacher work days, holidays etc. Most of these students only meals come from the breakfast and lunch provided at school. To help kids have food to eat, they are asking for donations of the following. While these are the core wish list, any nonperishable food item will be accepted.
Food Items:
* Box of individual Oatmeal
* Box of individual Grits
* Individual, single serving cereal
* Chef Boyardee
* Ramen noodles / cup of noodles
* Mac and cheese
* Fruit cups / canned fruit
* Case of bottled water

Any donations can be taken to the school or be brought to a WPNA neighborhood meeting.
With any questions, please contact Crystal Ritch at [email protected].
Special thanks to Carolyn Sly for who personally handled the shopping and making sure our donation was delivered.



Queen City Robotics Alliance  - Student Group looking for volunteers!

Queen City Robotics Alliance is a 501C3 nonprofit organization dedicated to growing FIRST programs in the Charlotte, NC region for all students and brought about by a vision of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)  teams working together to do this.  QCRA Aims to reach more under-represented populations of our community in STEM careers where economic growth is happening. Our specific goals is to significantly increase the number of girls and minorities participating in all Charlotte FIRST programs and teams. Mr. Kaiwen Cheng (President/Chair of Queen City Robotics) spoke at our APICS PDM in October.

Queen City Robotics Alliance’s long term vision is to increase the economic outlook of the Charlotte Region by engaging and exposing more students of all ages and backgrounds in FIRST Robotics’ inspiring young people to pursue training and education for careers in Science and Technology so they become the next generation of engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs!

We always can use more mentors and coaches.  An easy way to start is volunteering in the day event.  QCRA is hosting the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) tournament at Kennedy Middle School on Saturday 2/8/2020.  Anyone can sign up for the event via https://www.firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer.   We can use all kinds of help from sign-in desk to judges.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


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