Owen Middle School held its Open House Celebration and Tailgate (PHOTOS
) on Wednesday, October 4th. The event also served as an open invitation to learn more about the new relationship United Way’s Middle School Success Initiative and Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network will have in the community. The event drew large crowds, as folks from the surrounding community poured in to learn more, enjoy hot-dogs fresh off the grill and attend the evening’s football game.
In addition, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe mobilized groups of volunteers prior to the event to help further build-out the school’s ropes-course. The course plays an important role in ensuring students receive physical exercise as well as building soft-skills such as team-building.
A huge thank you to all the organizations who made this event a success.
- Owen Middle School faculty and staff
- Volunteers from GreyBeard Realty, Emerson (formerly Pentair) and Valley Hope Church
Community School Launch Marks The Fourth Community Served
Over the course of this summer, United Way has raised $240,000 which will ensure three years of expansion funding for the Owen District. This builds on the work already begun with our partners that make up the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network in the Enka, Erwin and Asheville school districts.
Need is a critical component when choosing sites and with more than 60 percent of the student body of Owen Middle School relying on free or reduced lunch support, the challenges that poverty raises for students is significant.
But this effort isn’t just about need, it is also about building on existing strengths and the Swannanoa Valley has that too. “There is a strong proud community here in the Valley and being able to build on that love of community and strength of character is going to be a reason we will succeed. I’m so excited to be a part of this story.” said Amy Vanden Heuval, Owen Middle Resource Coordinator.
Collective Community Action Works!
By working together, Owen Middle, the Owen School District and its community partners have established a framework in which the school will now serve as a hub of support for students, families and the community.
For more information about the Owen Middle School Success Initiative, contact Amy Vanden Heuvel, firstname.lastname@example.org
, 828-686-7739 or 828-571-0203 (cell).