(Last Updated On: May 16, 2017)

image002CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was a welcomed trip to the principal’s office for Carowinds Amusement park representatives this morning. Park associates dropped off a $10,000 check to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials at Lake Wylie Elementary today. The money will help the district with classroom supplies, school transportation and staff celebrations.

It’s the first year of the newly-formed partnership between Carowinds’ Youth Department and CMS’ Community Partnership and Family Engagement Department. The school district and park hope to continue to provide fun and educational programs at the world’s best outdoor classroom—Carowinds, and help prepare students for future careers. In addition, Carowinds has donated over 2,000 free admission tickets to CMS through this partnership and the park’s Roller Coaster Reading Club program.

Each spring, Carowinds hosts over 60,000 students from across the Carolinas for its educational and performance related events. To learn more, visit our website:

For more information regarding the CMS/Carowinds partnership, please contact LaTarzja Henry,; or Marc Gran,

About CMS – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is the 18th largest public school district in the U.S. and the second-largest in North Carolina. The district has more than 147,000 students and 19,000 employees. The annual budget is $1.4 billion and funds 170 schools. CMS is a diverse, consolidated city-county district with students coming from 165 countries and speaking 187 different languages. The district is equally diverse in ethnicity, with 39 percent of students African-American, 29 percent white, 23 percent Hispanic, six percent Asian and three percent American Indian/multiracial. The 2016 graduation rate was 89.6 percent, with students receiving more than $127 million in scholarships. CMS has been nationally recognized as an innovative, progressive district with a wide variety of magnet, career and other programs that personalize education to meet individual student needs.

About Carowinds – Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, two water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.