Social Workers serve as the link between students' families and the
school. I collaborate with parents, guardians, teachers and other school
officials to ensure that students reach their academic and personal
potential to be globally productive citizens in the twenty-first
century. Support services are provided to students to motivate them to
be their best when they are faced with barriers such as; absenteeism,
abuse/neglect, pregnancy, addictions, poverty, homelessness, etc. Each
situation is assessed and individual plans are developed with the
2015 Family Support Network Summer Camp Guide
If you are the parent of a student with special needs, be sure to check out this
resource for camps for your child.
Need a Helping Hand?
needs a helping hand in one way or another at some time or another.
There are several resources that I frequently refer families to when
needs arise. I have listed a few of these below, but there are many more
services available that are not listed here. (See 211 information at
the bottom). If you need help finding resources that are not listed
here, please give me a call at 828-775-2608.
ABCCM Medical Clinic 259-5339
American Red Cross 258-3888
Asheville Housing Authority 251-5054
Buncombe County DSS 250-5500
Buncombe County Health Dept. 250-5000
Eblen Charities 255-3066
Goodwill Career Center 298-9023
Helpmate (dom. viol. hotline #) 254-0516
Juvenile Justice 225-7330
Mobile Crisis 1-888-573-1006
Motherlove 254-7206 Ext. 116
Mountain Area Job Link 250-4761
Mountain Mobility 258-0186
On Track Financial Services 255-5166
Pisgah Legal Services 253-0406
Salvation Army 253-4723
Swannanoa Valley Christian Min. 669-9404
WNC Community Health Services 285-0622
Western Carolina Rescue Min. 254-0471
can also dial 211 for a free community referral service. It is
available 24 hours a day and it can be accessed by computer at:
school has received generous donations from a very caring community
that wants to support our students. School supplies and other basic need
items are kept in the Guidance department when there is a need. Please
call me at 828-775-2608 if I can be of further assistance.
We all know that the Holiday Season can be joyful as well as stressful for many families! Between
September 2 and Oct 13, 2014, families can contact the Salvation Army
at 828-253-4723 to sign up to be sponsored for the holidays. Please contact me if you would like more information about holiday assistance.
Low Income Energy Assistance
the weather gets chilly, many families have trouble keeping up with
heating costs. There is assistance available to help with heating bills.
Applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance (LEIP) program will
be taken at Community Action Opportunities (25 Gaston St, 252-2495).
There have been changes at the state level about who qualifies for this
program, so call for details. Eblen Charities (255-3066) is also a
resource for assistance.
you know that the Buncombe County Health Department has moved?? The
following services can be found at 40 Coxe Ave (across from the bus
Family Planning (birth control methods, Pap tests, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception)
STD testing & treatment, HIV testing
Immunizations (Child, Adult and Foreign Travel)
TB Services (skin tests, x‐ray screening & evaluation, treatment)
WIC (Nutrition and breastfeeding support) WIC is also located at two other convenient locations.
BCCCP (Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program) and WiseWoman programs
Lab and Pharmacy for health services clients
Family & Children’s Medicaid and Health Choice
Child Care Subsidy
only have they changed their location, they’ve also changed the way
they do business. Now, the lobby staff will assess individual needs and
connect people to on-site health AND economic services staff.
the past, accessing these services meant explaining the need multiple
times to multiple people in different locations. Now, access is a
the one-stop office at 40 Coxe Avenue, people can also apply for many
assistance programs OVER THE PHONE at 250-5000 or 250-5500, or 24/7
online at buncombecounty.org/dss.
County wants working people, homebound adults, and busy parents to be
able to access the services they need in the way that best meets their
What on earth is McKinney-Vento and what does it have to do with me?!
is the name of federal legislation that helps students stay in school
even if they “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”
Research shows that kids who transfer between schools lose up to 4
months of academic instruction due to the transition. McKinney-Vento is
designed to help keep kids in the same school despite being homeless. This applies NOT ONLY to kids who are homeless, but also to:
Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
Children living in “motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations”
Children living in “emergency or transitional shelters”
Children “awaiting foster care placement”
Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
Children living in “cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations…”
in the above situations qualify for extra support so that they can stay
in their same school or their “school or origin.” Please let me know if
you or a student you know qualifies for the McKinney-Vento program.
May is Cyber Safety and Cyber Bullying Prevention Month...
A lot of Cyber Bullying takes place via social networking sites such as
Facebook. Did you know that it is against Facebook policy for people
under 13 years of age to have a profile on their site? Learn more about
Facebook through this 'Parents Guide to Facebook" by clicking on this
What is Cyberbullying?
people are using the Internet more than ever and most have Internet
access from home. For many children, the Internet isn't simply a
convenient way to research or a fun afterschool activity - it's a big
part of their social life. Emailing and chatting with friends are
children's most common online activities, after studying and playing
games. But like many other social situations, some kids bully other kids
is similar to other types of bullying, except it takes place online and
through text messages sent to cell phones. Cyberbullies can be
classmates, online acquaintances, and even anonymous users, but most
often they do know their victims.
Some examples of ways kids bully online are
Sending someone mean or threatening emails, instant messages, or text messages
Excluding someone from an instant messenger buddy list or blocking their email for no reason
Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others
Breaking into someone's email or instant message account to send cruel or untrue messages while posing as that person
Creating websites to make fun of another person such as a classmate or teacher
Using websites to rate peers as prettiest, ugliest, etc.
boys and girls sometimes bully online and just as in face-to-face
bullying, tend to do so in different ways. Boys more commonly bully by
sending messages of a sexual nature or by threatening to fight or hurt
someone. Girls more often bully by spreading rumors and by sending
messages that make fun of someone or exclude others. They also tell
The Effects of Cyberbullying
of cyberbullying may experience many of the same effects as children
who are bullied in person, such as a drop in grades, low self-esteem, a
change in interests, or depression. However cyberbullying can seem more
extreme to its victims because of several factors:
It occurs in the child's home. Being bullied at home can take away the place children feel most safe.
can be harsher. Often kids say things online that they wouldn't say in
person, mainly because they can't see the other person's reaction.
can be far reaching. Kids can send emails making fun of someone to
their entire class or school with a few clicks, or post them on a
website for the whole world to see.
can be anonymous. Cyberbullies often hide behind screen names and email
addresses that don't identify who they are. Not knowing who is
responsible for bullying messages can add to a victim's insecurity.
may seem inescapable. It may seem easy to get away from a cyberbully by
just getting offline, but for some kids not going online takes away one
of the major places they socialize.
can be a complicated issue, especially for adults who are not as
familiar with using the Internet, instant messenger, or chat rooms as
kids. But like more typical forms of bullying, it can be prevented when
kids know how to protect themselves and parents are available to help.
For more information on cyberbullying, visit cyberbullying.us and Wired Safety.