In cooperation with Trees Charlotte, employees assisted in planting 300 new trees at Southside Community and Marie G. Davis Academy. This new partnership supports a healthier urban environment and enhances the city's celebrated tree canopy.
The year 2012 marked the tenth anniversary of leadership in building playgrounds for under-resourced schools, working in partnership with area businesses. Paw Creek Elementary was the beneficiary school. Also, more than 100 employees volunteered for clean-up efforts along a three-mile stretch of walking trail on Sugar Creek Greenway.
Cleveland County HealthCare System and Cleveland HealthCare Foundation served 18 elementary schools through a 12-week program called Kid Tips. Working in conjunction with Safe Kids Cleveland County, staff members taught safety classes to 1,350 kindergarteners and fitted all with free bicycle helmets.
Efforts to encourage personal responsibility for health intensified in greater Charlotte and at other venues throughout the Carolinas. For example, employees at St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus, NC, and Murphy Medical Center in Murphy, NC, increased their number of health screenings, educational workshops and other outreach activities related to diet and exercise. Particular attention was given to patients with high blood pressure, cancer, stroke and heart disease.