Indeed the Asheville Middle Block Party and Community Night was a roaring success. Martinez accredits Landreth's unwavering support of the Community School model as one of the essential elements that bring families to the school after the traditional school hours are completed. “Jo has been great with helping put Community Nights in the newsletter and making all calls,” said Steve Martinez, “as soon as that element was introduced and Community Nights had that principal support, we saw new families show up right away.”
Although the 2022-23 school year is nearly finished, Martinez and Landreth have already been thinking of the following semester. Fortunately, they were able to hint at exciting new ideas they have been brewing. “What I’m really excited about,” said Martinez, “ is taking Community Nights and going into other areas that are connected to Asheville Middle.” The innovative ways of positioning Community Nights featuring Homework Diners to support other events and community partners that Martinez and Landreth are working towards directly support the pillar of family and community engagement that can be found in the Community School model. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County uses the Community School model as our organizing framework to help place staff support, like Coordinator Steve Martinez, into Asheville and Buncombe County public schools. We collaborate with dozens of local partners to achieve our Bold Community Goal of ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduate from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams by 2035.
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