United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County launched Homework Diners in November, 2016. Homework Diners are a dynamic, comprehensive strategy that surround students and their families with a continuum of coordinated supports including: tutoring, opportunities to build parent-teacher relationships, a free and nutritious meal, connections to community resources and workforce readiness. Homework Diners replicate a proven, well-documented model shown to be successful in building connections between parents, teachers, students and community resources.
Homework Diner Schedule at Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools
Homework Diners take place weekly (except on school holidays or half days). Families are invited to the cafeteria of the middle school during the scheduled time each week. No pre-registration is required to attend. Homework Diners currently take place at four area middle schools: Asheville, Enka, Erwin and Owen Middle. All are open to any family with a K-12 student in the surrounding school district with an adult family member in attendance with the participating student.
The 2018-19 Homework Diner schedule:
- Erwin Middle on Monday nights from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Asheville Middle on Tuesday nights from 5-7:00 p.m.
- Enka Middle on Tuesday nights from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Owen Middle on Thursday nights from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
How Homework Diners Integrate Community Partners
Our organization as well as the community partners involved in the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network are interested in embedding as many community-building elements into these weekly events. We collectively do this by:
- Contracting with local workforce training development program Green Opportunities, to provide meals, which allows their program participants gain valuable real-world experience while serving local families a healthy meal.
- Providing stipends for local teachers who are interested in providing homework help/tutoring for students outside of the classroom
- Providing homework help/tutoring for parents so they learn how to better help their kids at home
- Partnering with local service providers and businesses like OnTrack Financial Education and Self Help Credit Union to provide classes around budgeting, financial planning, and home ownership
- Enlisting help from local health providers to share preventative education programs as well as special health screenings for conditions like diabetes and heart health
- And based on the interests and needs of the community, many other kinds of classes and partnerships can and will be built
How You can Get Involved in Homework Diners in Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools
* Homework Diners are funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and sponsorship from Arby's Foundation and the Brumit Restaurant Group.