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Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network: Spring Luncheon

by Emily Bradley, guest writer

United Way believes that great things happen when we LIVE UNITED. We know we can accomplish more together, as a community, than we can alone. This past Friday we celebrated another year of hard work, and accomplishments, by hosting a luncheon for the partners that are leading the way through our Middle School Success Initiative.

Facing a table full of middle school students

While initially a bit intimidated to greet a table full of middle schoolers, I was less than 3 minutes in to ”Hey,…how’s it going…I work for United Way and we…" when I found myself singing the praises of our 2-1-1 Asheville Call Center and asking the students if they had heard of this incredible, free information and referral service.

AmeriCorps VISTA members highlight Erwin school community in interviews

When you sit down and listen to people tell their story, you find out all kinds of amazing things. That’s what happened when our team of AmeriCorps VISTA members at Erwin Middle School began interviewing key members of the Erwin school community. Every few days, they sit down with faculty and staff to ask them what encouraged them to become teachers and what motivates them each and every day. The first three staff that they interviewed are showcased below. 

Three cheers for financial literacy!

At Enka Middle School, we had a highly engaged group of parents attend the family night. Focusing on finances, parents learned how to create monthly budgets for their families to help them keep better track of their finances and stretch their dollars each month.

One of the presenters was Esteve Coll-Larrosa, from Self-Help Credit Union in Asheville.

Homeless Students Face Barriers to Education in Buncombe County

by Wendy Logan Cuellar, MA.Ed., LPC
School Counselor, Enka Middle School

Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money, but we always had food on the table and a consistent, stable home to live in. Unfortunately, as a school counselor for Enka Middle School, I see far too many students in my school and across Buncombe County who are not as fortunate.

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