BCS Advantage Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 15

Community School Model Research shows that greater community involvement in local schools means better student achievement. Enka Middle School has taken this lesson to heart with its Community School initiative. Powered by the United Way, Enka Middle’s Community School is a hub of services for the community and a support system for student success. Each Tuesday, students and their families get free homework help and a hot meal through Homework Diners. Gov. Roy Cooper came to Enka Middle School in the Spring of 2017 to celebrate Homework Diners. “I wanted to see this program, how it’s working and whether it can be replicated in other parts of the state,” Cooper said. “It combines a lot of things I think are important — education, volunteerism, family, and food.” Teachers and volunteer tutors work through difficult homework questions with children and their parents. “It’s really a way to bring the community into the school and help parents who might not be comfortable helping their kids with homework,” said Ginny Spencer Eudy, United Way resource coordinator at Enka Middle. Homework Diners, along with other programs at Enka, Erwin, and Owen Middle Schools, encourage community members to mentor individual students and intervene early if academic or behavioral problems arise. “It’s part of a bigger mindset of having everyone in the school realize that it’s the whole school and the whole community that is needed to lift up the student,” Eudy said. Drs. Banks, Lawrence, DelBene, Davis, and Przynosch Smoky Mountain Foot Clinic, PA 49 McDowell Street Asheville, NC 28801 www.smokymountainfootclinic.com 828-254-7716 13