Carefree Boat Club partners with YMCA Y Readers Program

Carefree Boat Club of Lake Norman
July 31, 2013
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CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 31, 2013) – July 8, 15 and 22 Carefree Boat Club of Lake Norman partnered with the Lake Norman YMCA and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Y Readers as part of the program’s learning and enrichment activities.

Y Readers is a nationally recognized literacy program that serves students in grades K-3 who are reading below grade level. The program operates as an afterschool program as well as a six-week summer camp. The purpose of Y Readers is to engage students who are reading below grade level in active learning and enrichment that improves literacy skills and self-confidence in the classroom.

Owners of the Carefree Boat Club, Marc and Oana Graveline, and their two children, Christoper (14) and Madison (12), along with Carefree staff provided nautical related crafts, reading and boat rides to about 80 children participating in the program. The children were divided into groups that rotated between a craft station, a reading station and the boat rides. Morningstar Marina made its clubhouse available for the two hour sessions.

“We count it a privilege to be able to partner with the YMCA to serve these children in our community, enabling them to experience the thrill, sensation and beauty of boating on Lake Norman”, said Oana Graveline, co-owner of the Carefree Boat Club.

Blair Campbell, YMCA Director of Communications and Partnerships, said, “The Y was thrilled to partner with Carefree Boat Club for the second summer in a row to offer Y Readers students the unique enrichment experience of riding boats on Lake Norman. This activity was a first time experience for many students in the Y Readers program and one they will never forget. We appreciate the generosity of Marc and Oana Graveline as well as the Carefree Boat Club staff.”

Cornelius Elementary School Site Coordinator, James Wideman was very pleased with the event concluding, “We had a wonderful visit with Carefree Boats. As usual, our children had a great time.”

Located at Morningstar Kings Point Marina in Cornelius, Carefree Boat Club of Lake Norman provides its members access to a variety of boats with none of the work of owning a boat, for significantly less money and at 25 locations. For more information visit or call 704-557-0848.


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