Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools has many remarkable community partners - including local businesses, educational organizations, faith communities, community agencies, advocacy groups, and individual volunteers - who are generous givers of their time, energy, and resources in support of our schools, teachers, students, and families. Our collective and connected work helps us take better steps forward as we become active and engaged partners to inspire our students to thrive and dream to their fullest potential.
Are you interested in partnering with WS/FCS?
Contact Mark Batten, Executive Director of Community Engagement, to share and learn more about opportunities for:
- School-based volunteer support to aid school staff and student needs
- Participating in district wide events, such as College or Career Fairs
- Contributing to specific needs brought to your attention by an educator or community agency
The Community Engagement team will help you meaningfully connect to schools, programs, and initiatives.
Thank You! Nearly 2,000 partners have engaged the district's schools & 52,000 students:
Church and Faith-Based Organizations
Local College, Education, and University Groups
Nonprofits and Community Based Organizations
Change a Girl, Change a Community, Change the World
LEAD Girls of NC equips girls for life!
LEAD Girls of NC explores all the tools that girls need to thrive, giving the foundation girls need to find their voices, challenge peer pressure, avoid risk behaviors, and chart positive courses for their futures. We focus on self-awareness, communication skills, leadership skills and perspective while encouraging goal setting and developing literacy skills. LEAD currently serves Cook Literacy Model School, Carver High School, Wiley Middle School, Mineral Springs Middle School, Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy on-site, and an additional 20+ other schools through our community Saturday workshops. LEAD Girls provides 250 girls ages 9 - 15 with workshops to develop themselves with peers in a safe space. We also host a daylong girls' leadership expo on a college campus and a weeklong summer entrepreneurial fashion camp. Each girl receives 60 + hours annually to support development through the program as well as LEADer boxes which contain culturally relevant book(s) for the girl’s home library and for discussion, specific curriculum materials, supplies, incentives, and feminine hygiene products.
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For College. For Life.
Crosby Scholars is Here for You!
Preparing for college starts early! Crosby Scholars is here to ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college. Crosby Scholars provides over 11,000 middle and high school students with career and college exploration, community service and cultural awareness opportunities, camps and leadership experiences, advisors, college campus visits, admissions and financial aid workshops for students and families, and awards over $900,000 in scholarships and Last Dollar Grants for college tuition annually – all at no cost to you!
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The YWCA, Best Choice Center
Empowering Families, Changing Lives
Located on Highland Avenue at 11th Street, the YWCA Best Choice Center is an academically focused childcare center for K-8th grade students. The Center offers after school care (including full-day care on teacher workdays and most school holidays) and summer camp. By providing engaging programs in a caring, supportive environment, the accredited teachers and experienced staff spark a student’s desire to be successful in school and life. In partnership with the United Way, the Best Choice Center offers sliding-scale tuition scholarships based on income.
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Celebrating Kindness, Community, and Connection with Thanksgiving Break Kits
NOVEMBER 17, 2021 - District office administration and staff rallied together in November to create kits of snacks, games, and activities for over 350 WS/FCS families. Familes were identified by school administration and social workers. A total of $5,620 in donations were received from 154 individuals. In addition, several community partners joined the effort. Donations of books were received from Bookmarks and Barnes & Nobles. Meal kits and fresh produce were given to each of the families thanks to collaboration with Forsyth County Departments of Social Services and Public Health, Chartwells, Second Harvest Foood Bank of Northwest North Carolina, H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest School of Medicine's Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Granville District Farms, and Forsyth Backpack Program. Read the full story by clicking here.
"You Keep Education Moving!" Summit Church Celebrates Bus Drivers
OCTOBER 4, 2021 - Summit Church of Kernersville recently packed over 350 appreciation kits for WS/FCS Bus Drivers and Transportation Staff. Each kit included a note of encouragement, snacks, and hand sanitizer. Then on Monday, October 4, volunteers gathered at the bus lot of North Forsyth High School, the largest staging area of the district, to deliver the bags to several of the drivers and mechanics. The rest of the appreciation kits will be given out at all bus staging areas across the district throughout the week. Read the full story by clicking here.