The “Bright Stars” - Beyond the School Day is a Faith-Based After School and Summer Enrichment experience.  We strive to promote excellence in the area of academic achievement (the mind) and the embracing of biblical values (the spirit) that offer children the opportunity to become all that they were created to be.

The Inspiration

Ms. Pearlie Cureton-Thomas is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Max B. McIlwain and Lucille Walker McIlwain. Her early education accomplishments were obtained while being a wife and mother to her four young children that she lovingly refers to as, “her masterpieces.” The joy of teaching her own young beautiful children provided the inspiration that led to the decision to become an educator. This decision launched the journey of her education accomplishments, which include: Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies with certification in Elementary Education, the Master of Education in School Administration, both from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, received the Advanced Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Supervision and Curriculum from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and earned the Master of Theological Studies degree in Christian Leadership from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

For children, "Bright Stars" is a place where they are immersed in a loving, caring, nurturing, safe and fun-filled learning environment.  As children persevere in excellence, they will become the "Bright Stars" that will make the world a brighter place.

For parents, "Bright Stars" offer peace of mind that their most precious possessions are being cared for with the utmost passion for their total social well-being (mind, body, and spirit).  Parents are also offered affordable, dependable after school and summer services.


For the community, "Bright Stars" provides support for families and schools in augmenting learning that supports student achievement and success in life.

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