The impacts of the pandemic spreads far beyond academics, The current health crisis has expanded the definition of out-of-school time, from a traditional afternoon to all day, evenings, and weekends, as we provide a necessary and vital safety net. The needs of our students, families and communities have become increasingly urgent. Over the past few months, our team has pivoted our comprehensive school-based approach to a community-focused and virtual one, prioritizing the physical and emotional well-being of our students. There has been no time in our history when our students have needed us more.
- The Paul L. Dunbar Community Foundation has committed to assisting Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School with achieving its growth goal of 400 students from K-8. Plans are now underway to educate and bring more awareness to the parents and households in Rowan, Davidson, Cabarrus, Stanley, and Davie, all of which are within 10 miles of the Dunbar Village which will host the charter school. Mecklenburg county is only 20 miles from the Dunbar Village, and educational experts have advised the charter that because of its focus on STEAM curriculums, its marketing should be in a radius of 21 miles. This allows the charter to recruit students whose parents may be working in Rowan county due to the increased jobs growth.
- In addition, utilizing its Century 21 Afterschool program, PLDG is preparing to launch its virtual education programs and activities, in conjunction with the Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School, to recruit and engage over 800 area youth in grades K-12 to enhance their academic experiences. Presently, the Century 21 program serves over 125 students in five locations within Rowan county.The virtual education program seeks to reach households and students, bringing in an additional 250 students to attend the charter school.
- Marketing events and activities, such as Youth and Teen Galas, Golfing and Tennis programs, foundation awareness campaigns and activities will enhance and add to partnerships and sponsorships already in place with Dunbar Development Company, AJOYA Consulting, Gall Investments, Dunbar Alumni, Rowan County EDC, Town of East Spencer, Rowan Chamber of Commerce, Rowan County Housing Authority, East Spencer Housing Authority and other budding relationships. Rowan EDC has partnered with the local collaborative to ensure that revenues represented by wrap-around services, and other civic and community organizations are included in all "Forward Rowan" outreach efforts.