As described in the article, “Latch-key kids” [Philanthropy Journal, 04.26.05], too many school-aged students are left on their own once the school day ends.
However, Communities In Schools of Wake County, a private nonprofit organization, is doing something about that one student at a time.
In five learning centers and in partnership with the Raleigh Housing Authority, Communities in Schools provides economically and academically at-risk students from the Wake County public schools with the opportunity to learn, to connect with a caring adult, to graduate and to give back to their community.
Four hours a day, five days a week, students from kindergarten through 12th grade who live in or near Capitol Park, Mayview, Heritage Park, Walnut Terrace, and Kentwood communities can access tutorial support at a Communities in Schools learning center.
Matched with a caring adult staff person and community volunteer, students work on their homework first and then access supplemental work related to their schoolwork.
Older students who finish their homework help younger students — a valuable lesson in giving back to their community.
Special programs are arranged with some of Communities in Schools’ 47 community partners – including Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, Southlight and Interfaith Food Shuttle.
Communities In Schools of Wake County cannot solve all of the problems of “latch-key kids,” but we are working to make a difference one student at a time.
Susan B. Hansell, executive director, Communities In Schools of Wake County in Raleigh, N.C.