Ensuring opportunities for all of Arlington’s children is a shared responsibility. When the Arlington community and schools work together, all students are more successful and the entire community benefits. In APS, engaging the greater community is an integral part of our work. Check out these APS Community partners that help ensure the opportunity for ALL our students’ learning to take off!
Carlin Springs is Arlington’s model “community school.” The school facility is used as a base to support students and their families by addressing not only academic needs, but also social, emotional, and health needs through linkages to community partners. By addressing the needs of the “whole child,” Carlin Springs enhances student success in school and in the larger community. Most of the opportunities associated with the community school model occur before and after school, and in the evenings.
Communities In Schools is a national nonprofit agency whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. They partner with Arlington Public Schools to ensure that every child graduates from high school; they work towards that goal by connecting students to support services, enrichment activities, and community resources to assist them in overcoming obstacles that are getting in the way of academic success.
As part of its celebration of Black History Month in February, Amazon presented a $15,000 donation to support Wakefield High School. This is the latest in Amazon’s ongoing work to support education and racial equality initiatives in communities across the country where its employees live and work. The donation to Wakefield High School of $15,000 will include the book Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds – which focuses on anti-racism, cultural awareness, and proficiency. The funds will also allow Wakefield staff to invite guest speakers to speak on the same topic. For additional information on this and other Amazon Black History Month Initiatives, please visit the Amazon Community website.
Edu-Futuro works to empower immigrant and underserved youth and families through mentorship, education, leadership development, and parent engagement. Since 1998, has sponsored academic enrichment programs that would meet the needs of Arlington’s growing immigrant Latino population. Edu-Futuro supports and empowers Latino and other immigrant families through educational programs and leadership development while teaching the broader community about the Latin American culture.
Over 1,800 APS students have benefitted from the Amazon Right Now Funds Program in collaboration with Communities in Schools. Amazon gave $1 million dollars in October to be shared between APS and Alexandria City Public Schools. Families are able to use these funds to purchase the essential items they need to support student learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is managed by Communities in School (CIS) and CIS coordinators or school social workers are able to refer families to the program. Families receive codes to be redeemed on Amazon within a specifically curated list of goods. Families receive a $100 promotional code to use on Amazon for each child in the family who is an APS student. Families are able to use the funds to purchase essential products such as clothing, school supplies, personal care items, cleaning supplies, and food. For additional information, please read the APS news release.
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