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The Cam Newton Foundation (CNF) presented $75,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Nov. 19 at a pep rally. This is the second year that the CNF School Pride Program provided funding to help boost school pride and academic achievement. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton presented $25,000 grants to Reid Park Academy, Berryhill School and Collinswood Language Academy.

All CMS middle schools and kindergarten-eighth-grade academies were eligible to become a CNF partner school and apply for the grants.

“The Cam Newton Foundation is a terrific partner for Collinswood Language Academy, Reid Park Academy and Berryhill School,” said Dr. Heath E. Morrison, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We value our partnership with Cam and his foundation because it is making a difference in students’ lives. It will help our students in these schools increase achievement and physical fitness. It will also help engage families. These are all goals that we have as a district and we appreciate very much the collaborative work of the Cam Newton Foundation.”

Collinswood Language Academy will use the money to upgrade fitness equipment, develop student wellness programs and purchase books about health.

Reid Park Academy will use the money to develop family engagement programs, create recognition programs for students and teachers and create a service-learning project in partnership with Duke Energy.

Berryhill School will use the money to fund career-based field trips, create health and wellness seminars for families and enhance technology at the school.

In all, the CNF has donated $225,000 to six CMS middle schools since last school year.