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Middle School Students Give Back to the Community

The 2017-2018 school year has come to a close, but we’re not finished gushing about the incredible work Greenville County students did to make this year special.

Recently, more than 100 students at Tanglewood Middle School participated in an in-school community service project to support several United Way funded agencies: Salvation Army Shelter, Julie Valentine Center, A Child’s Haven, Serenity Place, Greenville Humane Society and Upstate Warrior Solutions.

These middle school students prepared kindness kits for children of mothers fleeing domestic abuse, hygiene kits to donate to veterans and treat bags for new pet owners adopting from a local shelter. Becky Clement with Salvation Army was appreciative of the students’ work. “Thank you so much for the kindness kits that you created,” she said. “Your kindness kits will allow our youth to feel welcome and know that someone cares about them.”

Middle school is a time for students to explore their strengths and start to think about their future. It's a time for incredible changes, growth and learning. But it is also a time when too many students start to disengage with school and take the first steps on the path toward dropping out of school, putting their futures at risk. As students become more connected within their community, they are more likely to want to help shape its future—and their own—for the better.

OnTrack Greenville is an innovative, evidence-based dropout prevention and school transformation model designed to address the challenges of poverty and behavior in schools by leveraging data and relationships to keep students on track to graduation. United Way of Greenville County, through OnTrack Greenville, works to change the trajectory of students at risk of dropping out using tools like the Early Warning Response System—now integrated through all Greenville County schools. This is one example of how United Way leads and collaborates with community partners to engage and support students.

To learn more about OnTrack Greenville and how to get involved, click here.