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"Who in this room was the class clown?""Who are stepparents?""How many of you love to dance?"Last month we loaded up the flip charts and headed over to Montreat for our annual staff retreat. It was a great day, full of reflection on the work we accomplished in the year...
College Week will be held at Erwin Middle School in February On the week of February 20th at Erwin Middle School, students will do college-related activities every morning for their second period class. From career explorations, and what it takes to get there, to checking out local, state-wide...
Last fall, Amy Arias, a student at Erwin High School, and Josue Lomeli-Garcia, a student at Asheville High School, worked at Erwin Middle School through United Way of Buncombe County's Middle School Success Initiative, as part of their senior project.“Both Arias and Lomeli-Garcia wanted...
The Homework Diner at Enka-Candler last night was a huge success! We served over 180 students and family members from the Enka-Candler community."Many of those in attendance expressed how much they enjoyed the evening and how grateful they were for the opportunity to share a delicious meal...
Did you know that in Asheville and Buncombe County, children who live in poverty graduate from high school at a rate of 78% while their classmates graduate at a rate of more than 95%?  While every student faces challenges, those who live in poverty must navigate significantly more obstacles in...
The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network brings together Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and community partners around a shared vision of creating success ready 9th graders and improving graduation rates, using a collective impact approach.This week, United Way of Asheville and...
Michelle was ready to go back to school and finish her bachelor’s degree. Like so many others, Michelle had started college but her plans were sidelined by family health emergencies, financial setbacks and the birth of her beautiful daughter.Seven years passed, and Michelle knows she will...
America’s Promise Alliance, who lead an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child, recently higlighted UWABC's Laura Elliot for their community leader spotlight. To read the full article, click here. To...
With your help, we're able to make sure kids and teens in our community are ready to learn on the first day of classes. Each year, you've given a little more or helped us spread the word and the annual Back to School Supply Drive has grown in success. When all is said and done, we'll...
Summer officially started on June 21, but we're already looking ahead to the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. Sometimes the difference between an A student and a failing student is having basic school supplies to do homework and participate in class. Nearly one in four children in our...

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