Our Team at Enka Middle School
Since 2012, United Way has worked in partnership with Enka Middle School and YMCA’s 21st Century program to create a community support network for the students and families in the Enka-Candler community. The resource coordinator and VISTA support staff are based at Enka Middle in order to foster and organize strong relationships with both partner agencies and individual volunteers. They work closely with school leadership and staff to ensure that resources are leveraged and volunteers are recruited to meet the unique needs of the school, the students and their families, as well as the surrounding communities.
As a result of this partnership, students at Enka Middle now have access to additional supports, which include individual and small-group tutoring and mentoring, as well as a variety of out-of-school options including student clubs for creative writing, knitting, yoga and self-esteem. We also coordinate classes and events for parents and community members at the school.
A major part of our work is to support student success at Enka Middle. One way we do so is by connecting committed community volunteers to serve as a tutor, a lunch buddy or a breakfast buddy for individual students or small groups of students. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, visit http://www.handsonasheville.org/agency/detail/EnkaMiddle/.
We also help to support after-school clubs at the school. This year’s clubs include:
Homework Diners are weekly family engagement events where families receive a free meal and homework support from teachers and volunteers. Learn more about Homework Diners here. Homework Diners start again in January, 2017. They will run every Tuesday from 1/31/2017 through 5/9/2017 except 4/11/2017. Everyone in the Enka-Candler community with school-age children is welcome to attend.
Creative Writing Club is a student-centered writing workshop designed to offer students encouragement and feedback for their creative project. It also provides valuable opportunities to meet working writers who live in the community.
Girls in Charge is for 6th grade girls and is designed to build confidence, leadership, and self-awareness in a fun and supportive environment. The girls are mentored by members of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Knitting Club is for knitters of all skill levels! Taught by an experience knitter, students have the opportunity to learn the basics and make wearable projects in a fun and supportive group.
Roots and Wings Design Lab is taught by a group of experienced local artists from the Roots & Wings School of Art and Design in Asheville. Students have the opportunity to create artwork for the school and for themselves in a variety of mediums.
Yoga Club is taught by a certified yoga instructor and is designed to help students strengthen their bodies and minds while learning fun stretching routines.
Blue Ridge Youth Bridge Club is for students who want to learn the game of Bridge. Bridge helps students improve academic skills in math, logic and reasoning and helps develop teamwork and sportsmanship.
Enka Middle Community School's strength lies in our partnership with school staff and the flow of resources from the community to the school and back into the community. Most of our family and community opportunities fall into one of the categories listed below.
- Family Nights and Community Meals Bringing back togetherness with themed evenings including trivia/games, computers, budgeting, health and cooking.
- Parent Workshops Topics include How to Help Your Child with Homework, Financial Literacy and more!
- Community Coffees Monthly morning drop-in events for all parents, family members, community members and school staff. Anyone is welcome to drop in at any time to enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry and to get to know others in the Enka Middle School community.
Visit http://www.handsonasheville.org/agency/detail/EnkaMiddle/ to learn about a range of volunteer opportunities that you can get involved in at Enka Middle!