News from Brookstone

Join us as we welcome Betsy Hendricks, our new Volunteer Coordinator at Brookstone.

Betsy comes to us with 30 years of management experience specializing in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and special event coordination. Her professional career includes working with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Crisis Assistance Ministry, and as the Outreach Director for Forest Hill Church since 2013.

While in her role at Forest Hill, Betsy collaborated with Congregations for Kids and For Charlotte Mission Network. She initiated and implemented a Reading Buddy and Mentor program at Riverview Elementary School, one of the Title 1 schools included in the outreach ministry of Forest Hill Church.

Betsy has a heart for community transformation, particularly the challenges facing under-resourced children and families in Charlotte. The bottom line is – Betsy loves working with people! We have no doubt but that she will be a great asset to our ministry. Please stop by the advancement office and say hello to Betsy.

A few words from Betsy…

“My 30-year career in Charlotte non-profits has helped me understand the most pressing needs of our city and to engage in tangible solutions that have a positive impact on our neighbors.

I believe God gives each of us spiritual gifts and to honor Him is to use them to plant seeds of hope in others. I love helping people discover their gifts and connecting them to opportunities to advocate for and participate in purposeful service.

As a staff member of Brookstone Schools, I am honored to be a part of a team who cares deeply about the school’s vision and works collaboratively to achieve a Christ centered mission to restore lives, help children achieve their full potential and glorify God.


Needed funds would provide additional programs and classrooms at inner-city school for economically disadvantaged students

Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 8, 2016 – Brookstone Schools is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a major challenge grant from the prestigious Leon Levine Foundation in Charlotte. The philanthropic foundation has pledged $150,000 in matching funds to Brookstone Schools for the expansion of programming and classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year. Gifts from new donors and increased giving from current supporters will be matched dollar for dollar until May 31, 2017.

“We are honored to partner with The Leon Levine Foundation to provide a life-changing, holistic education for at-risk children,” said Steve Hall, Brookstone Schools Head of School. “Through this gift, more students in Charlotte will receive a quality education and strong moral foundation that will lead to future lives of leadership and service.”

The grant represents an exceptional gift to Brookstone Schools, a non-profit, Christ-centered school serving disadvantaged urban youth in Uptown Charlotte. Brookstone serves 155 students in grades K-8. Eighty-seven percent of students qualify for reduced or free lunch. Parents pay a small, affordable portion of tuition, leaving Brookstone to raise more than 90 percent of its operating costs from outside sources.

The mission provides an accelerated, comprehensive educational program that is gaining recognition for its success. The spring 2016 standardized test scores indicate that Brookstone students are performing at the 74thpercentile compared to similar low-socioeconomic students across the nation. Teachers emphasize character formation along with academic excellence, aiming to shape future leaders for local communities.

Individuals and corporations interested in contributing to the matching grant may do so by making an online donation at, mailing a check payable to Brookstone Schools (P.O. Box 667890, Charlotte, N.C. 28266), or by calling the advancement office at (704) 392-6330.


About Brookstone Schools

Brookstone Schools is a non-profit Christ-centered school serving inner-city children and families since 2001. Brookstone offers an opportunity for parents who want a choice in how they educate their children but are unable to afford a private education. Our students learn not only facts, but how to use this knowledge in all aspects of their lives.

Brookstone Schools is located in Uptown Charlotte (301 South Davidson St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202). All gifts made to Brookstone Schools are tax deductible. For more information, please visit


Laura Townsend
Marketing & Communications Manager
(704) 392-6330

WTVI, the local PBS affiliate, was here near the end of 2015 to do a story on Brookstone. Head of School Steve Hall shares his excitement and gratitude in saying,

“I am thankful to have such a professional service being provided for us, both the quality video and the marketing to the community… And though they chose one story, it represents for me all the miraculous work that goes on here every day by all of you. Thank you for your passion, commitment and love for the Brookstone family. To God be the glory.”

Carolina Impact (WTVI) Visits Brookstone Schools

Steve Hall to begin leadership role at Brookstone Schools on July 1st.

Steve HallFollowing a year-long executive search conducted by Anderson and Associates, the Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Steve Hall as Brookstone Schools’ next Head of School. He will begin his new leadership role at Brookstone on July 1st.

Mr. Hall received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He comes to us with administrative and leadership experience acquired through 20 years’ experience working in management and engineering. He has also honed his leadership and strategic planning skills through his involvement with a humanitarian mission (“Won-By-One to Jamaica”), his church, and his advocacy work with Thompson Child and Family Focus. As a certified Therapeutic Foster Parent himself, Mr. Hall is known in the Charlotte community as a leader who has a heart and passion for helping underprivileged kids.

“The Lord continues to bless our mission through His faithful provision of resources and, not least, strong leadership and faculty. As a board, we are deeply thankful for our team’s service and commitment to uplift students. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Hall and seeing how God will continue to use the school to advance His good purpose,” stated John Stamas, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Brookstone Schools.

Dad’s memory rides on with bike donations

Jenny Eban

Brookstone Schools would like to thank Marty Minchin of The Charlotte Observer for sharing the news of the honorable gift Brookstone families received. Please click the link above to read the story in full.


Charlotte Agenda, popular local media outlet, spotlighted Brookstone Schools and shared our success and plans for growth. The news of our success, model, and stories of transformation continue to inspire and invite new friends and families to Brookstone.


Thank you to Erin Dunn and the Charlotte Agenda team for sharing this powerful story with your readers!

Following the shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, NC this past fall, the Brookstone community, including students and volunteers, joined together to pray over the city, the police, and those affected by the shooting.  This time of prayer took place two days after the shooting, in the midst of the violent protests occurring only a few blocks away from Brookstone’s location in Uptown Charlotte.  About half way through the time of prayer, a small voice broke out in prayer which led to a handful of other small voices praying their hurt and sad hearts out to God.  In the midst of trial and tribulation, our students have Hope in the One that is unmovable. We are grateful WORLD Magazine chose to share the story of our students hearts are growing in Hope.