Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming events
Building relationships

1. Summer Fun Reading Club

For the secong year the H2H (Hunger 2 Health) Team sponsoreed the Ashley Elementary School SummerFun Book Club.  We had another successful literacy program which helped maintain or improve students’ reading skills over the summer.  Beginning in April we collected over 2000 new and/or gently used books. Books for ages pre-school to high school were needed.  This year over 1500 books were donated and shared with more than 200 students and their families!

Our “SUMMER FUN BOOK CLUB BACK TO SCHOOL CELEBRATION” will be on Wednesday, August 21 at NOON in the Ashley Cafeteria. We will welcome the 90 Ashley Staff “back to school” (teachers return the week of August 19) and celebrate with many of the BOOK CLUB students. TO MAKE THIS EVENT GREAT, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!
We used dedicated volunteers to read with the students.  The “BOOK CLUB” dates were WEDNESDAYS, from 11 am – 1 pm, on June 26, July 10, 17, 24, and 31 and August 7. With more volunteers next year, we will be able provide more one-on-one and small group reading activities with the children.

PLEASE begin collecting books for your donations for 2014!  If you would like to volunteer, or need additional information about the program, please email:
Belinda Beard at bbeard@bellsouth.net, or Chester David at csdavid@triad.rr.com.


2.  Reading Buddies Needed

Would you like to make a difference?

We learned that 63% of students at Ashley read below their grade level.  We also recognized that we are blessed with caring adults who are retired educators who have gifts as reading tutors.  Give a kid a chance at success in life by helping him improve his reading skills.  Nothing could be more critical for the future of children.  

Ashley Academy needs YOU to read to a child!

The H2H “Hunger2Health” Ministry is helping recruit volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year to work with Ashley Academy students! 

Caring adults who can commit to ONE HOUR EACH WEEK are needed to read to first through third grade students in reading. Training and materials will be available.  Hours are flexible according to what works for you within the school hours.  We ask that you choose a day and time that you can be consistent every week.  Variations in your schedule are understandable and can be coordinated with the individual teacher of your child.  

Training and materials will be available by contacting Angela Miller, Ashley Volunteer Coordinator, almiller@wsfcs.k12.nc.us. or Chester David, chesterodavid@gmail.com (336-918-0488)

If interested, please call to schedule an appointment with us and complete an online registration at http://wsfcs.k12.nc.us/page/1264.

3. Backpack Program

In January 2012 we began a program with a full list of volunteers to deliver 50 backpacks to kids at Ashley School, grades K-5.  This program was the right thing to do.  When we started, we were one of five backpack programs in the Forsyth County.  Today there are 24 backpack programs.  We were paired with Ashley Elementary School, with 530 students and 92% on free and reduced lunches.  The Ashley staff selects the children most in need, who come to school on Mondays with signs of hunger (http://www.hungernwnc.org/about-hunger/Consequences%20of%20hunger-children.pdf).  We provide nourishment for each child with a packet of food from Feeding America in a backpack to take home on weekends.  This program makes a big difference to the academic performance and the overall adjustment of kids during with week.  We were able to continue delivering backpacks during the summer.

Today we have grown to the largest backpack program in the county.  We are delivering 120 backpacks per week.  This program takes much logistical and financial support to sustain such a large program.   Bill and Pat Wolfe are the leaders, who coordinate the volunteers who pack these food packets on Wednesdays and take them to the school on Fridays.  They can be reached at billpatwolfe@triad.rr.com, 608-4710.

4.  Mentors at Ashley

In 2012 the Ashley staff identified 18 5th graders who were continually in the office for behavior issues.  We learned that 16 of the 18 boys did not have a father in the home.  The staff  was adamant about promoting a male mentoring program to provide role models and individual attention and love to these children.  This relationship may well be the most critical thing we can offer to a child in his long-term future.

James McRavion has initiated and conducts a male mentoring program at Ashley that is making a significant impact in these boys’ lives.  There are about 20 men who meet weekly at Ashley with their boys for about an hour.  If you are called to be a mentor, contact James at imjames1@netzero.com.  He will help you to find the right situation and boy through a training process.

5.  PTA Support

From time to time we are called upon to provide both monetary and volunteer support for the PTA activities at Ashley.  Tamara McLaughlin, president of the PTA, needs a lot of support to engage parents to attend PTA functions and to participate and support their children.  Volunteers are needed to help serve meals at PTA meetings, to relieve teachers during lunch times on special days or to assist with administrative tasks in the school office.  This PTA team makes a different to build family and education values.  Our vision is to provide life skills education to families in the Ashley area such as dental and medical health education, budgeting, cooking and nutrition, GED, etc.  Please contact Tamara at 2mclaughlins@gmail.com.

 6.  Box tops and shopper rewards card

Box Tops for Education has helped America’s schools earn over $475 million since 1996. You can earn cash for your child’s school by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products. Box Tops also offers easy ways to earn even more cash for your school online.   http://www.boxtops4education.com/   Ashley School earned in 2012-3 year $648.16.  Money is used for new books, playground equipment, more supplies, field trips, classroom parties and more are possible.

Provide Needed Supplies or Support Extracurricular Activities at Ashley Elementary School … at no extra cost to you!

Link your shopper rewards cards to Ashley Elementary.

  • Harris Teeter Code: 3796
  • Office Depot Code: 70061599
  • Food Lion: 212368
  • Target REDCard: 79887


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