Community PLUS Schools Add Up to Success!
Community PLUS Schools, a United Way of Anchorage community collaboration, gets the right students the right supports at the right time. Teachers identify students who are missing too much school and could benefit from extra help. We know that when students are given the support they need, their attendance goes up. On average, students who get assistance from Community PLUS Schools have higher attendance rates, and attendance is the foundation for success in school.
Teachers can refer the student and their family to a Community PLUS Schools Manager, who then works with our community partners to get them that extra help. Some of the most common ways we help kids are with school lunches, tutoring, after school clubs, and after school transportation. In the 2016 – 2017 school year, 94 students were connected to 135 supports. These student supports help to break down the barriers that prevent student success.
In addition, support and mentoring is provided to connect families with services, help develop a network for assistance and teach effective strategies to bolster children’s academic success.
United Way of Anchorage and the Anchorage School District have been leading this collaboration for the past four years at Lake Otis, Airport Heights, and College Gate elementary schools and Wendler Middle School. This year, we were excited to add four more schools – Nunaka Valley, Scenic Valley, Susitna and Russian Jack Elementary – with plans to expand in future years.
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