by Sam Fontaine and Alexandra Woodhouse
Enka Middle Community School Staff
As we head into the final half of the school year, we'd like to look at what's been accomplished by the students, families, faculty and partners at Enka Middle Community School.
Thank You...It Takes All of Us
- From the faculty, students, families and staff of Enka Middle School: THANK YOU! The tremendous impact we’ve made at Enka Middle School, and in the larger Enka-Candler community, would not be possible without the tireless commitment of our volunteers. It has been an incredible fall semester. Here is a reminder of the wonderful work you all have done.
- Dedicated volunteers assist teachers during the school day and work with students afterschool through the Augustine Project and the YMCA’s 21st Century Program. Your support of Enka Middle students and faculty is greatly appreciated.
- We served 71 unique students enrolled in six Community School clubs. Clubs include Yoga Club, Knitting Club, Creative Writing, Zumba Dance, Colburn Science and Girls in Charge. These are made possible by our volunteer club leaders, assistants and mentors.
- 121 unique parents and community members attended events this fall. These evening events have focused on topics including healthy living and computer literacy, as well as a family night sponsored by Trader Joe’s. We have provided family meals, valuable educational experiences and free healthy groceries for community families. Thank you to Trader Joe’s, The YMCA’s Healthy Living Department and The Literacy Council of Buncombe County for donating your time and resources.
- The Enka Middle Community School Resource Team has been doing some fantastic work. Thank you all for pooling resources and committing to make a positive change in the community. This group took on homelessness this holiday season and they were able to provide an incredible amount of resources to those in need. They collected bedding, hygiene, and food supplies for these Enka students and their families. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do for this community next!
- On October 28, we hosted a day of service at Enka Middle School with 84 volunteers from NTCA and five from the Biltmore Lake neighborhood. Collectively, these volunteers gave 400 hours of service to the school as they engaged in a variety of landscaping, painting, cleaning, administrative and building projects. The impact of this day was huge and it has helped create a welcoming environment and enhance learning spaces for students. Thank you for your hard work.
Many Ways to Get Involved
We would also like to take this opportunity to highlight some upcoming volunteer opportunities. We are offering two new student afterschool clubs: Roots + Wings Design Lab and a sports class called Jets in Motion. If you are interested in volunteering with either of these new clubs (or any of our continuing clubs), we’d love to have you! The YMCA’s 21st Century after school program is also looking for volunteers to assist during their tutoring and enrichment time Monday–Thursday from 3:30-5:30.
The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) at Enka is currently expanding the support they provide and hope to establish a mentorship program that is driven by successful, young professionals. In many cases the students in these programs do not have adult role models in their lives. Mentors will give students an adult to look up to while also helping them achieve their personal and behavioral goals. The commitment is just one hour each week.
We would also like to offer monthly service days at Enka Middle to focus on school beautification and maintaining the courtyard gardens. If you would like any more information on any of these opportunities, please email Sam Fontaine.
Thank you, volunteers, for your hard work at Enka Middle School this year. Your dedication and commitment is inspiring and we’re very thankful we’ve had the opportunity to work with you all. Let’s continue our efforts and make 2015 even better!
About Enka Middle Community School
Since 2012, United Way has worked in partnership with Enka Middle School and YMCA’s 21st Century program to create a community school in the Enka-Candler school district. We placed two AmeriCorps VISTA members at Enka Middle whose sole responsibility is to help build community involvement and support for the students, family and faculty at Enka Middle.
As a result of this partnership, students now have a variety of out of school options including student clubs for writing, knitting, yoga and healthy cooking. We also coordinate classes that parents and community members can take at the school, in their own neighborhood.