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.
S.E.E. - Student Enrichment Experience
Programs Provided by IFB Solutions for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
IFB Solutions’ Student Enrichment Experience program teaches independence through summer camps, after school activities and more for children K-12 who are blind or visually impaired. These experiences come at no cost to families thanks to community support. Our Focus on Literacy program provides free assistive technology so kids can excel in the classroom. Contact Chris Flynt for information, CFlynt@ifbsolutions.org.
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!
Appreciation Events at Inspire 340 Schools
MAY 24, 2021 - Beteween May 17 and 21, over 1,000 ice cream treats were distributed to the teachers and staff at the fourteen schools that are a part of the WS/FCS Inspire 340 Network. A number of organizations – including the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, the Winston-Salem City Council, the Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity, the Chris Paul Family Foundation, and Read Write Spell – visited the schools to tell everyone how much they appreciate the work they are doing to support students. Read the stories using these links: Story 1, Story 2
MAY 20, 2021 - Watch a video using this link that brings messages from the community's seasoned citizens to the graduating seniors of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Class of 2021.
Mount Tabor High: "Family Takes Care of One Another"
MARCH 18, 2021 – At Mount Tabor High School, they work hard to support other members of their Spartan family. As one way to do that, they established a food pantry and receive support from parents, student groups, athletics, and several community partners. “The food pantry has done more than assist with food insecurity, it has helped us build community with our families, " said assistant principal Evette Clemmons. "We meet their social and emotional needs as well.” Read more using this link.
Community for Safe Schools Group Organizes Mask Distribution
FEBRUARY 17, 2021 – Volunteers from the group Community for Safe Schools packaged, labeled, and distributed 30,000 masks to the 80 schools and transportation depot within WS/FCS. The coalition members coordinated the generous donation from Wake Forest Baptist Health and partnered with WS/FCS to ensure a quick and equitable delivery of masks across the district, providing the volunteer labor and hours to count, pack, and distribute four KN95 masks to each member of the educational team at every location. Read more using this link from WFMY News.