The Catapult Project is Watershed's channel through which we focus our local justice energy, passion, time and resources. we have much to celebrate and much to look forward to in the 2013-14 school year! watershedcharlotte.com/justice/local/catapult-project/
In the fall of 2009 Watershed launched The Catapult Project, a strategic partnership between Watershed & Walter G. Byers Elementary where the Watershed community works towards supporting Byers’ students, staff and families. Watershed has chosen to focus on this school because of its direct impact on the neighborhoods surrounding the location where Watershed meets on Sunday mornings. These areas are also home to some of Charlotte’s highest concentration of at-risk and homeless families. Some of the city’s greatest resources have been directed to this area, but the one piece we felt was lacking was relational equity. Since the launch of The Catapult Project, we have seen volunteers provide this relational equity that we all so deeply need and desire.
Since our launch, we have begun the first ever in-school math & reading tutor program. We also implemented Byers’ first Girls On The Run program led by Watershed volunteers, and for the past few years we have provided volunteer leaders to run the Right Moves for Youth program. We recently also provided a “teacher pal” for every teacher at Byers, and provided support during their staff meetings and on holidays to show appreciation for how they love on the students and families of the school.