“The Project POWER/AmeriCorps team member is a huge part of helping us serve our mission and a huge asset to the community,” says Kim Clark, operations manager for Asheville Museum of Science.
“We are calling for local government to ambitiously fund public transit in order to make our system run on time, all day and more often.”
Children First/Communities in Schools is accepting teams and individuals for its annual trivia event, which also offers dinner, drinking and costumed antics. The fundraiser takes place at Morris Hellenic Cultural Center on Thursday, April 20.
“These bonds will provide funding to build new homes and apartments all around the city that families can afford, as well as the infrastructure to connect neighborhoods to schools, work, grocery stores and parks — all at minimum risk for city residents.”
“Our student support specialists give support so teachers can focus on teaching, and students can focus on schoolwork. We need to give our students every opportunity possible to reach their full potential.”
“Research shows that having a consistent, caring adult in the lives of vulnerable children is key to improving absenteeism, academics and behaviors.”
“Let’s elevate this bipartisan issue during 2016 elections. Encourage candidates to support the high-yield investment that quality early childhood programs can bring to our parents, children and communities.”
Can new ways of structuring the rules that govern how organizations gather information and make decisions help our community move beyond entrenched positions and polarizing rhetoric? Some local consultants say yes, and point to local organizations that are already using new tools to increase participation in developing and implementing solutions to challenging issues.
At a recent legislative briefing, Annaliese Dolph, registered lobbyist for the United Way of North Carolina, outlined the status of issues within the United Way’s focus areas of health care, education and financial stability.
Transitioning to a new language, country and culture can be extremely disruptive — particularly for children. To address the growing numbers of students from non-English-speaking households, the Asheville and Buncombe County schools are developing a curriculum that gives students from all backgrounds a chance to explore what makes each tradition unique, fostering cross-cultural dialogue and preparing students to be productive members of today’s increasingly global society.
The report notes that 2,856 children in Buncombe County, or 6 percent of all children living in Buncombe County, were served through Children First/CIS services and programming.
“Now, 20 years after the creation of the Family Resource Center at Emma, the need still exists in the Emma community, as unemployment and the number of students on the free and reduced lunch program are still extremely high.”
“Safe, affordable housing is a step toward opportunity and success but not the final destination. It’ll take accessory units, manufactured homes, cooperatives, land banks, increased density, small homes and apartments to address the lack of supply.”
Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) recognizes that when a child arrives prepared for school, their chances for success are exponentially increased, while the likelihood of dropping out of school is decreased.
Fireside Asheville, a community group based on reflective listening, personal storytelling and community service, is presenting a night of storytelling and music to benefit local nonprofit Children First/Communities in Schools, whose mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services.