Our Team at Erwin Middle School
The 2017-2018 school year is our third year working at Erwin Middle School. United Way works in partnership with Erwin Middle School program to create a community support network for the students and families in the Erwin community. The resource coordinator and support staff are based at Erwin 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 Erwin 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. 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 Erwin 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/ErwinMiddle/.
Another way we support student success at Erwin Middle is through the Welcome Warriors program. Through this student ambassador program, students learn how to welcome newcomer students to the school and be a positive peer mentor for them, providing support to newcomer students in their native language. This program is gaining traction throughout many other schools in Buncombe County.
- Homework Diners will continue this fall at Erwin Middle starting on Monday, September 25. They will run every Monday from 9/25/2017 through 12/11/2017 and start back up again in the second semester. Homework Diners are a weekly family engagement events where families receive a free meal and homework support from teachers and volunteers. This is a great opportunity to form long-term relationships with students and their families and have a positive impact on their lives. Learn more about Homework Diners and sign up to volunteer here.
- The Welcome Parents Call Tree will continue this year. Started last school year with a core group of parents, this group of parents provides a welcome phone call to the parents of any incoming students during the school year. The best part? The Call Tree group includes, in addition to native English-speaking parents, bilingual parents who represent the other five major languages spoken by students and families at Erwin Middle (Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Moldovan and Marshallese).
- The Parent-Teacher Home Visits Program will be starting in spring 2018. Parents will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in a home visit from their student’s teacher or teachers. The visits will center around relationship-building and exploring common hopes, dreams and goals for our students.