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Super Bowl Bound Throwback Thursday photograph of Classroom Central marquee from 2004 alongside our marquee in 2016

 

No one is more excited for our Carolina Panthers trip to the Super Bowl 50 than Classroom Central.

The Carolina Panthers are greatly ingrained in our rich history and our work to provide free school supplies to students in need would not be possible without their generous support throughout the years.

After visiting teacher resource centers in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, in 2000, the Charlotte Chamber did a feasibility study to learn about the need for such a center in Charlotte. A steering committee made up of invested community members determined there was such a need, and developed a plan for the center over the course of the next few years.

A generous donation of seed money from The Carolina Panthers, totaling $200,000 over five years, along with investments from five other major organizations, allowed Classroom Central to open its doors on October 8, 2002.

Carolina Panthers players assisting teachers shopping at the Grand Opening - October 8, 2002 Carolina Panthers players assisting teachers shopping at the Grand Opening on October 8, 2002, photo by Donna Hosaflook

The Carolina Panthers have been committed to the mission of Classroom Central since our inception. From player involvement at the Grand Opening, to programs such as the Countdown to the Kickoff Lunch, Stuff the Bus stadium events, Dr. Seuss Reading Spectacular student pep rallies, and Classroom Central Panther Talk, we have benefited from the awareness and financial investment to our programs.

The 2014 Dr. Seuss Reading Spectacular at Grady Cole Center, a partnership with The Carolina Panthers and Classroom Central The 2014 Dr. Seuss Reading Spectacular at Grady Cole Center, a partnership with The Carolina Panthers and Classroom Central

 

Classroom Central Panther Talk 2013 - fans brought school supplies to receive autographs from players Classroom Central Panther Talk 2013 where fans brought school supplies to receive autographs from players

The past two years, we have enjoyed having the Carolina Panthers Children’s Charities and the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation join us for Backpacks and Basics distributions which outfit entire high-needs schools with school supplies.

Thomas Davis distributing at Lingerfeldt. Photo credit Andreas Seibold Thomas Davis distributing at Lingerfeldt Elementary in August 2015, photo by Andreas Seibold

Today, Classroom Central is honored to serve over 100,000 students in need, in 200 schools within six districts. We are appreciative of our friends at the Carolina Panthers who helped make this dream a reality. We wish them the best at the Super Bowl!

TDDDF2 A student from Lingerfeldt Elementary, photo by Andreas Seibold

 

Executive Director, Karen Calder, appearing on the Wilson’s World show the day after the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, with a handmade Carolina Panthers scarf Classroom Central Executive Director, Karen Calder, appearing on the Wilson’s World show the day after the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, with a handmade Carolina Panthers scarf

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