Community PLUS Schools Add Up to Success!
Community PLUS Schools gets the right students the right supports at the right time. Teachers identify students who could benefit from extra help and refer them to the PLUS manager. The PLUS manager works with our community partners to then get them that extra help. Some of the most common supports kids need are school lunches, tutoring, after school clubs and after school transportation.
United Way of Anchorage and the Anchorage School District lead this public-private partnership currently at Lake Otis, Airport Heights, and College Gate elementary schools and Wendler Middle School. This year, we are excited to add four more schools – Nunaka Valley, Scenic Valley, Susitna and Russian Jack Elementary – with plans to expand in future years.
In the 2016 – 2017 school year, 94 students were connected to 135 supports. Students are selected by teacher recommendation based on attendance issues. These students received tutoring and help with homework and study skills. They were also connected to afterschool activities, mentoring, transportation, and attendance coaching.
In addition, family support and mentoring was provided to connect families with services, help develop a network for mutual support and teach effective strategies to support children’s academic success.
If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor, mentor and help with homework and activities and to serve as a positive role model, contact us today!