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School Initiative Information

Initiative Name: United Way of Lehigh Valley Community School Initiative
Leadership Type: United Way led
Location Type: Urban
Address: 1110 American Parkway Nw
Allentown, PA 18109 US
Phone: 610-807-5730
Fax:
Email: suen@unitedwayglv.org
Website: http://www.unitedwayglv.org
 

Overview

In 2005, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley launched the United Way Community School initiative with a vision to identify, strengthen and promote community-connected schools so that all Lehigh Valley students succeed and graduate from high school ready to lead meaningful and productive lives. The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley convenes partners, funds and sustains relationship building, provides training and technical assistance necessary to developing a solid community schools framework and collects data to determine results.

Services/Programs Offered

Character Education and Leadership

  • Leader in Me – Several of our community schools sites have adopted the model based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  This model requires school-wide involvement and seeks to provide students with role models that will allow them to emulate necessary leadership skills for success in and out of the classroom.
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports – PBIS is a decision-making framework used in a majority of Lehigh Valley community schools.  PBIS aims to improve student academic and behavioral success by providing students with the tools necessary for more proactive and productive conduct in the school setting.

Family Literacy Initiatives

  • Book Blasts – A monthly initiative that equips students and families with the resources necessary for reading success.  Readers demonstrate that month’s reading strategy, which parents then are encouraged to practice with their student, using the book that was received at the event.
  • "Read and Respond" – Students are encouraged to complete reading assignments at home with parental assistance. Students then bring back a parent-signed form that indicates the reading assignment was completed. Students with low rates of submission are often referred for before or after school homework clubs to provide additional academic assistance.

Medical, Vision and Dental Services

  • Students have access to mental, vision and dental services through partnerships with local health networks that have either established an on-site clinic at certain community schools or offer dental and vision vans at or near other community schools.  Several community schools have identified a need for mental health services and are in the process of securing those resources for students.
    • Medical services include: routine physical examinations, sick care, immunizations, chronic disease management, flu vaccinations, sick care and referrals for specialist care.
    • Dental services include: cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, cavity treatments, simple extractions and education on proper brushing and flossing.
    • Vision services include: exams and vouchers provided for eyewear.

Out of School Time Programs
  • Out of school programs offered at community schools sites often utilize Targeted Enrollment to provide additional support to students with attendance and behavioral issues.  These out of school programs are often offered in conjunction with incentive programs encouraging positive behavior and in alignment with learning curriculum set forth by the school districts.

Tutoring and Mentoring
  • America Reads Tutors – Through partnerships with local colleges and universities, some community schools utilize in-classroom tutors who provide additional small group and individual support in Reading and Writing education. 

Partnerships

School District Partners

  • Allentown School District (ASD)
  • Bangor School District
  • Bethlehem Area School District (BASD)
  • Easton Area School District
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley


Lead Partners

  • Boys and Girls Club of Allentown
  • Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley
  • Lehigh University
  • Northampton Community College


Corporate Partners

  • Air Products
  • FamilyWize Community Service Partnerships, Inc.
  • Just Born Foundation
  • Rodale, Inc.
  • Women’s Leadership Council

Program Investments

  • Allentown YMCA & YWCA
  • Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
  • Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council
  • Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Easton
  • Casa Guadalupe Center
  • Center for Humanistic Change, Inc.
  • Child Care Information Systems, Inc.
  • The Children’s Center, Volunteers of America
  • Community Bike Works
  • Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley
  • Da Vinci Science Center
  • Easton Area Community Center
  • Family Answers, Inc.
  • Family Connection of Easton, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
  • Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers, Inc.
  • Lehigh Valley County Conference of Churches
  • The Literacy Center
  • Mosser Village Family Center, Inc.
  • Pinebrook Family Services
  • The PROGRAM for Women & Families, Inc.
  • Project of Easton, Inc.
  • Slater Family Network
  • Spring Garden Children’s Center, Inc.
  • TeenWorks
  • Third Street Alliance for Women & Children
  • Treatment Trends, Inc.
  • Valley Youth House
  • Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s
  • Women’s Leadership Council
  • YMCA of Bethlehem

Community Level Initiatives

  • Allentown School District Health Collaborative
  • Bethlehem Community Collaborative
  • Early Learning Investment Commission
  • Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit and Business Partners Council
  • LEARN Team
  • Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

Results

The United Way Community School initiative has contributed to the positive progress in family involvement, community engagement and advances in academic achievement through improved student behavior and attendance. Some of the findings from recent data are highlighted below:

  • The percentage of students engaged in out-of-school time programming has increased by 15 percent, from 41% to 56% over the last four years.
  • The number of programs provided that are linked to academic curriculum have more than doubled over the last four years, from 45 to 113 linked programs.
  • The average daily attendance rate overall has risen from 94% to 96% over the last four years.
  • Over 35,000 volunteer hours equated to over $776,000 in our community school work. 

Funding Sources

  • Air Products
  • Boys and Girls Club of Allentown
  • Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley
  • Crayola
  • FamilyWize Community Partnerships, Inc.
  • Just Born, Inc.
  • Northampton Community College
  • Northampton County Department of Human Services
  • Lehigh County Department of Human Services
  • Lehigh University
  • Rodale, Inc.
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Women’s Leadership Council

Resources for the Field

Initiative Level Resources:
School Level Resources:
  • Roosevelt High School, a community school in the COMPASS initiative, received an Award for Excellence in 2013. View school profile here.
  • Review Profiles of schools in the COMPASS initiative.

Initiative Demographics

COMPASS Community School initiative serves 11 schools across four districts in the Lehigh Valley. For each of the school's profiles, click here. The following are demographics for each school: 

Allentown School District

 

Central
Elementary

McKinley
Elementary

Roosevelt
Elementary

South Mountain
Middle School

Total Enrollment

634

316

755

1101

Eligible for Free or
Reduced Lunch (%)

87%

88%

87%

88%

ELL Students (%)

16%

13%

6%

10%

Student/Family
Mobility Rate (%)

59%

57%

43%

31%

Absent 10% or More
Total School Days (%)

14%
(91 students)

12%
(37 students)

15%
(112 students)

20%
(218 students)

After School Program
Enrollment (%)

64%

56%

18%

29%

 

Bethlehem Area School District

 

Broughal Middle School

Calypso Elementary

Donegan Elementary

Fountain Hill Elementary

Lincoln Elementary

Total Enrollment

554

247

433

562

421

Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (%)

89%

50%

91%

87%

73%

ELL Students (%)

15%

4%

22%

12%

11%

Student/Family Mobility Rate (%)

75%

16%

10%

51%

8%

Absent 10% or More Total School Days (%)

2% (9 students)

2% (5 students)

12% (50 students)

6% (35 students)

3% (13 students)

After School Program Enrollment (%)

39%

64%

43%

24%

58%

 

Bangor School District

 

Bangor Area
Middle School

DeFranco Elementary

Total Enrollment

473

482

Eligible for Free or
Reduced Lunch (%)

40%

43%

Student/Family
Mobility Rate (%)

13%

15%

Absent 10% or More
Total School Days (%)

10%
(48 students)

4%
(18 students)

After School
Program Enrollment (%)

19%

10%

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