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One of the first pieces of public education to come to the chopping block is teacher assistants. Perhaps they seem like fluff to legislators and politicians? Maybe our elected officials see this position as one that can be replaced with a parent or other volunteer? Maybe it would help to look a bit more closely at the list of tasks they are expected to master on the job.
On June 20 a group of Women's Leadership Council (WLC) members came together to watch the Frontline video "Middle School Moment” and engage in a discussion around school dropouts and the key role middle school plays in that choice.
Vouchers, independent school districts, charter schools, magnet schools….are they all signs of our country’s abandonment of public education? Or a commitment to improve the education of our children?
Many years ago when I asked my 5 year old daughter which school she wanted to attend from a choice of magnet theme elementary schools, without hesitation her reply was “my school” – which to her meant the one in our neighborhood.
Here at United Way we talk a fair amount about our Leadership Givers - donors who make a commitment to give $1,000 or more a year toward our Community Investment Fund. Many of them give much more than that $1,000 and a good many also give a lot of their time as volunteers and advocates.
Did you know that collectively this group of donors contribute close to half of all the dollars raised every year in our community? That is huge!
Check out this video explaining what went into this year's event and also see the footage from this amazing community effort! More than 26 local businesses and 700 middle school youth participated.
Every August I hear parents say “I will be so ready for school to start up!” After weeks of trying to occupy, entertain, and monitor their children, they often relish the chance to get back into a routine of six hours or so of kids at school.
The North Carolina General Assembly is in the process of creating the budget for the upcoming two years. Many of the proposals made could have a dramatic impact on nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. In some cases, these are our community partners funded through United Way’s Community Investment Fund.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board of Directors approved our 2013-2014 Investment Strategy, the result of a competitive grant process in which more than $2.45 million will be invested in 79 high-quality programs that align with the community-level results outlined in United Way’s Education, Income and Health strategies.
One of the most rewarding things that a Referral Specialist can discover is a resource that we were previously unaware of. These unexpected resources help assist callers and remind us how interconnected and supportive our community is.