Creating Supportive Space for Students
If you ask long-time artist, arts educator, and Delta House Founder Shirley Whitesides how she's moving through the challenges of COVID as she welcomes students each day into the learning pod she's fostering in partnership with Asheville City Schools, she will smile and warmly tell you that she's more energized than ever. Despite being high-risk for the infectious disease given her age and health conditions, Mrs. Whitesides says waking up at 5:30 a.m. to create the space for students to safely gather and create connections in their learning, with one another, and through music and art is also what keeps her body moving and mind strong through this challenging time.
Founded in 1983 by Whitesides and fellow Delta Sigma Theta sorority members, Delta House serves as a space to enhance the lives of under-privileged youth by strengthening their cultural awareness, education, and health within a diverse population of their peers. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has been a long-time supporter of their critical and inspiring work with local students, offering support through our partnership in Community Schools as well as our annual Holiday Book Drive.