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Community Schools Part 3: Emma Elementary and Johnston Elementary

At my request, we have a guest blog from Allison Jordan, Executive Director of Children First/ Communities in Schools.  “Communities in Schools” is a specific model within a Community School approach. Learn about the amazing work taking place in two local elementary schools:



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I'd Like To Learn More About Women United

Women United is not only doing great things for our community, it is also a great networking and social group as well. If want to learn more - fill out this form and Beth Benzing will be in touch to talk to you about your interests.

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Side by Side, Just like the City and County Buildings...

Reading the incredible history of our Asheville City and Buncombe County buildings in the recent Mountain Xpress made us think about the stories and pictures that we share here at United Way. Okay, so there was a lot more drama and fueding in their story than ours but at its essence there were two buildings, standing side by side, representing two different styles and perspectives yet underneath it all they are united in a desire to see the community succeed.

The Community School Triumvirate: Students, Families and Teachers

 In my last post, I introduced the idea of a community school: One where resources for families are offered at the school and where students learn through an integrated curriculum which makes learning more relevant to students’ lives.  Sounds OK, but does it make any difference?