Joining Together to Brighten the Holidays
In December, the Community Engagement team led an effort for all WS/FCS Administrative Teams to adopt 61 angels from The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem's Angel Tree. Bookmarks Bookstore also joined in and adopted 6 angels. While working with The Salvation Army last year, WS/FCS learned that children age 9-12 are generally less likely to be adopted as angels, so all angels adopted by WS/FCS in 2022 were 9-12 years of age.
In November, for a second year, the Community Engagement team led an effort for all WS/FCS Administrative Teams and several amazing community partners to serve 355 Pre-K through 12th grade families across the district with Thanksgiving Break Kits. Together we reached an estimated 1,700 scholars and family members with supplemental meal items, recipes, healthy snacks, activities, books, crafts, free bowling passes, a visual art activity from Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and perhaps most importantly, a spark of kindness. These items are a small token of gratitude that we, as educators and leaders at WS/FCS, put together to brighten our community's Thanksgiving Break. Nearly 200 individuals had a hand in the project, from participating on the planning team or contributing financial donations to packing and delivering the kits.
Thank you to our partners:
The Community Engagement team commits to ensuring our community of students, families, volunteers, and community partners are:
- Welcomed: We respect and appreciate diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. WS/FCS will ensure the appropriate establishment of responsive policies, practices, and pathways of support that prepare students to have respect for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and family structures.
- Valued: We recognize that students have a broad range of learning styles, abilities, and disabilities. WS/FCS will ensure all students are treated with respect and kindness, and that all students have access to inclusive environments and accommodations to experience greater safety, independence, and success.
- Inspired: We honor individuality and commit to nurturing student curiosity. WS/FCS will ensure students flourish through creative discussions and experiences, and when challenged academically.
- Informed: We strive to be responsive to questions and concerns, and communicate important and sensitive information through accessible avenues. WS/FCS will ensure students, families, and community partners are familiar with access points and that non-English speaking families obtain interpretation and translation services.
- Supported: We recognize that education is strengthened by strong partnerships between school and home. WS/FCS will ensure parents and caregivers are actively invited to participate in the success of their student(s) and to support their local school through activities such as volunteering. WS/FCS will also ensure community partners (local businesses, educational organizations, agency and advocacy groups) are aware of local school needs and understand how to best support the district and its schools.
The Community Engagement team, together in intentional collaboration with the community, commit to these principles so that our students can participate in a positive learning environment where achievement gaps diminish, dropout rates decline, and graduation rates increase.
Who We Are
The WS/FCS Community Engagement team coordinates partnerships between schools, families, and community partners to promote student achievement and ensure equitable availability of supportive resources and services. Meet the team using this link.
Parent, volunteer, and community coordinators at each school collaborate with school staff, students and families, and community organizations to ensure proper support structures for students.
What We Do
Collectively, we're the families, volunteers, and community partners (local businesses, educational organizations, agency and advocacy groups) who support and nurture the students, teachers, and staff of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
Student success is at the heart of community engagement for WS/FCS. Our goal is to ensure everyone feels welcomed, valued, and inspired to be active partners in student growth and development. When students are engaged - socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically - they are more hopeful about their future. When students and their families have better connections to resources, support, and experiences - in and out of the classroom, and at home - they are more confident and driven to ready themselves for college and a career.
On August 19, 2022 WS/FCS was joined by several amazing community partners - employee and affinity groups from PepsiCo Adelante, Novant Health, Truist, United Way of Forsyth County, and Wake Forest University School of Law - to host a pop-up no cost school supply shop at Latino Community Services in the Old Town community. Together we served over 100 pre-K to high school scholars and their families who will start the year packed for success! Craft stations with backpack tags and paper binoculars and an ice cream treat topped off the gathering! A beautiful day for community joy. Read more using this link.