Smart Start

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County was honored and grateful to have Providence Preparatory School as a partner and presenting sponsor of their annual Opportunity for Influence Breakfast.

The breakfast took place on April 11th in an effort to raise awareness and spread the message that brains are built, not born. Former Governor James Hunt was the keynote speaker and challenged all parents and organizations in Mecklenburg County to do their part and ensure that every child enters kindergarten healthy and ready to learn!  In Mecklenburg County, Smart Start investments have provided opportunities for over 250,000 young children and their families since their founding 25 years ago. Each day, their programs serve thousands more. For more information about the work they are doing in the community on behalf of young children, visit

Smart Start Event
Friendship Garden

PPS is one of 80 school gardens in the Charlotte area which provide fresh herbs and vegetables to Friendship Gardens who supply Friendship Trays with food to feed our neighbors in need.  

During the Fall of 2017, we donated over 50 pounds of produce to Friendship Trays this fall. The food helps feed over 700 people in our community daily. Our goal is to donate twice that much in 2018.

For more information about Friendship Gardens, visit

Friendship Gardens is growing communities where everyone can be healthier in mind and body.  Through urban farms, gardens and markets, we help those in need access daily nutritious meals, connect to the natural world and learn to grow their own food.”

Friendship Garden