Olympic alums launch plan to support school’s teachers

Teachers at Olympic High School could get a boost in the coming year, as alumni raise money to clone a support initiative created at East Mecklenburg High eight years ago.

A handful of alums have hired Joan O’Brien, the professional fundraiser who made East Meck’s All Star Teacher Initiative a success, to launch something similar in southwest Charlotte. They hope to provide stipends for classroom supplies, host gatherings to build team spirit and pay for teachers to take classes and workshops.

“I just can’t think of a more important thing that we could be doing,” said founder Charles Beatty, a 1980 Olympic graduate. His wife, Angela, teaches English there, and their three kids are also Olympic grads.