With today’s economy, homelessness is at an all-time high and the PTSA at Oaklawn Language Academy is joining the fight against homelessness. Oaklawn Walks for Life is about improving lives, not only in helping to make someone’s life better but also teaching the students at Oaklawn a life lesson about caring for others. Students, parent, neighbors, and the community of Charlotte will participate in a 3k walk/run. The walk-run will begin at 9 am on April 14, 2012. Register by April 10, 2012 and receive a discount. Early registration is $15.00. Register the day of the event at 1810 Oaklawn Ave, Charlotte NC 28216 from 8-8:45. Late registration is $20.00. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Information about Oaklawn Language Academy: Our staff, parents and the community are united in our commitment to raise 21st century global citizens. Our vision statement concentrates on developing an excellent dual language immersion program to promote bilingual, biliterate and bicultural 21st century learners. Oaklawn Language Academy is currently a full magnet program offering language immersion education in Spanish for grades K – 6. Language immersion education uses a foreign language as the medium of instruction for the standard course of study. Research confirms the benefits of language immersion education go beyond acquiring a foreign language to improve skills in math and science in higher grades. Native speakers from throughout the world staff our newly renovated building, located near Uptown Charlotte. Information about Men’s Shelter of Charlotte: The mission of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) is to be dedicated to providing safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man. For 30 years MSC has ensured that homeless men have access to shelter while also providing them with meals, showers, clothing, and other basic necessities. The key to their success going forward is helping homeless men obtain and maintain both income and housing. Many of the men they serve are disabled, veterans, or elderly. For others, however, employment income provides the path to self-sufficiency, yet they have barriers that make finding jobs on their own difficult. MSC is working hard to provide better access to all income avenues for the men we serve. Without some form of income, housing is impossible. It costs less than $20 per day to shelter and provide supportive services for one man. The shelter serves approximately 585 men per night. For additional information visit their website at: www.mensshelterofcharlotte.org Come out and support Oaklawn Language Academy’s PTSA efforts to improve the lives of homeless men and the students of Oaklawn. To donate or become a sponsor please, contact Michelle Delury or Ann Waller at 980-343-0400. Register or donate at Oaklawn Language Academys website: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/oaklawnMS/Pages/SpecialEvents.aspx Also, drop off the registration form and entry fee at Oaklawn Language Academy, 1810 Oaklawn Ave. Charlotte NC 28216.