Bradley, Randolph and Thomasboro Academy middle schools will receive $50,000 each to develop customized programs that will enhance the cultural environment by increasing student achievement, increasing student engagement and advancing health and wellness in their schools.

"We are taking an active approach to making a difference in the lives of young people with the School Pride Program.  As a kid, I remember school pride days being a big part of what made school fun and motivating.  I felt a huge void when those days ended," said Newton.  "I believe students will perform better when they are proud of their schools, and ultimately, that helps our whole community."

The Foundation worked closely with CMS to identify three schools that would greatly benefit from the program because of their diverse student populations and varying needs.  The Foundation will monitor the progress of each school on a monthly basis and has hired an outside research firm to measure results.

"We are incredibly grateful to have Cam Newton on the frontline of our efforts to strengthen school pride and increase student success.  He is an outstanding example of leadership on and off the field, bringing attention to the needs of children in our community and making it fun in the process," said Jackie Menser, principal of Randolph Middle School, which hosted the program’s kick-off event.

Media coverage:

Panthers QB Cam Newton puts on a show worthy of kids' respect | Charlotte Observer
Cam Newton Foundation gives $150K to Charlotte schools | Charlotte Business Journal
Cam Newton gives $150,000 to 3 local schools | City Metro
Cam Pushes School Pride Program | Fox Charlotte
Cam Newton gives $150,000 to three CMS middle schools | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
School Zone Report: Cam Newton Foundation launches School Pride program | WBTV

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