We've got a $100,000 matching grant for this targeted campaign for the Enka School District! Your donation will go even further in helping us raise the money needed to maintain steady progress over the next three years, and establish Enka Middle School as the first, full-fledged, full-service Community School in Buncombe County by 2020.
What does it mean to be a full service community school?
It means Enka Middle will serve as a hub for the whole school district:
- With an Early Warning and Response System giving teachers the tools to catch kids before they fall too far behind and better ways to connect those students to needed resources
- It means free weekly Homework Diners for families with K-12 students in the district - homework help and dinner for the whole family
- And by 2020, it will mean that a host of practical supportive services are housed at the middle school to benefit the health and financial stability of the whole family and Enka community. Services like: Adult Literacy, Parenting Classes, Behavioral and Mental Health Counseling, Health Screenings, Financial Literacy and more.
Make Your Gift Today
Our goal is to raise $200,000 by the end of May. Whether you can give $5 or $500 - every dollar donated from this page will mean weekly Homework Diners, more community volunteers, and support for families in the Enka community.
United Way's History at Enka Middle:
In the fall of 2016, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County hired our first full time Resource Coordinator at Enka Middle. Prior to that, we had placed Americorps volunteers on site to support interactive after-school activities available to all students.
Realizing that the national movement to build Community Schools could help our community build a network of support for students, their families and communities, we quickly prioritized placement of the new full-time Resource Coordinator positions at Enka, Erwin and Asheville Middle. With more than 40 community partners around the table, these Resource Coordinators are now focused on more targeted initiatives:
- facilitating the implementation of our Early Warning and Response System (an interactive dashboard of student data we created for teachers and administrators to better navigate a child's behavior, attendance and progress to catch warning signs that help is needed sooner rather than later)
- laying the framework for the weekly Homework Diner program providing mentorship and a meal each week to students and the community to foster homework assistance and community connection
- and building the partnerships needed to establish each school as a hub of support for the students, families and communities in that district.
Still want to learn more? Check out these links
- See exactly what a full-service community school looks like
- News articles about this work locally
- Watch this testimonial from Molly Pittman, social worker at Enka Middle, and Gene Ettison, Culinary Manager at Green Opportunities