Community Schools

Adult and child talking at school

Community schools support for students and their families so they can succeed. A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

In the Lebanon School District, our community schools were first established at Northwest Elementary and Lebanon Middle Schools. Our plan is to expand to other school districts in the coming years. With our partnership with Communities In Schools, a nonprofit that specializes in integrated community school programs, United Way’s investment supports employment of a Community School Coordinator, who helps address barriers to education and ensure that children have access to the resources available both within the school system and community at large so they have what they need to succeed in school. 

The  following goals were identified within our first Community Schools, which the community school coordinators are working to help address with students and their families:

  • Increase parent engagement
  • Increase attendance
  • Decrease behavioral issues
  • Align community resources to meet needs of the students and families.

Some of the projects that have come out of these goals:

  • Providing targeted case management services to 35 students.
  • Launching a girl’s self-esteem group at Northwest Elementary.
  • Implementing an anti-bullying Group at Lebanon Middle School.
  • Coordinating with community programs such as Power Packs and Be The One Parenting Program.