Dr. David Hardy is Assistant Director of Operations at APEX Brain Centers. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals looking to change the odds for families and Buncombe County communities through positive, lasting change. We get to know him a little better in this month's HC Spotlight.
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Successful Students. Strong Families. Engaged Communities.
This is why our Middle School Success Initiative exists. But we know that no single individual or organization can accomplish wide-scale community change alone. We are stronger, more powerful, when we work together. This is what collective impact is about.
Some call the middle school years the “Bermuda Triangle” of life. Educators say it is the "last best time" to ensure that kids are solidly prepared to successfully navigate high school and make it to graduation.
ENGAGED COMMUNITIES - During the past few years, Enka Middle School has been hard at work creating a welcoming campus for students, staff, families and community members. Volunteer groups are essential to this effort.
If you've come to our past few events, you know we've been collecting items to stock student resource pantries at local middle schools. We thought we'd give you a better idea of how they work and how you can continue to support schools in your neighborhoods. Given the proper resources and opportunities to be successful, all students can experience the power and freedom that results from a sound education.
Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 7. However, NC 2-1-1 will still be available 24 hours a day, just as they are 365 days a year.
Other agencies in the United Way Community Services Center may be open; please call them to confirm.
Volunteers can help collect books at the UNC-TV booth and enjoy a complimentary day at the fair. There are also opportunities to volunteer as a group. Visit UNC-TV's website, call their volunteer services hotline at 1-877-549-3222, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
by Elisa Jacobs
Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Malina Blanton works at Wells Fargo. She's also a member of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals looking to change the odds for families and Buncombe County communities through positive, lasting change. We get to know her a little better in this month's HC Spotlight.