BOOST Appreciation Luncheon
BOOST Appreciation Luncheon was held at Central Office Boardroom on
May 16, 2017. Worksites who were able to attend the luncheon were:
Old Fort Elementary, West Marion Elementary, Christian Clothing Closet, Rusty's Legacy, Marion Elementary and Glenwood Elementary.
Turner Kincaid, BOOST Supervisor said, "The BOOST worksites impact and their hands-on approach with our kids made a big difference, one that I did not anticipate. From the beginning, we decided that we were going to make a difference; not by humiliation or intimidation, but by giving kids a sense of community and belonging. We found that having a person outside of the school and family environment, holding the kids accountable gave positive leverage. Kids are starting to see school as something they want to do instead of something they have to do. "
BOOST-Business Outreach Opportunities for Suspended Teens
Total number of students served-113
Total Community Service hours completed-3,103
The McDowell County Schools BOOST program seeks to offer opportunities for 6th-12th grade students to connect with their community through meaningful community service as an alternative to out of school suspension (OSS) and to increase a sense of duty to the community in our youth.
The goal is to prevent/decrease future suspensions/prevent repeat offenders and/or the student dropping out. Being suspended or expelled rises to the top as a significant predictor of dropping out of school.
The academic process is not interrupted because students receive homework assignments and spend a portion of the day completing assignments as directed by the BOOST Supervisor. Participants are not counted absent from school because a portion of the day is spent on academics.
Appreciation for community agencies and the services they provide is developed in the student. Students often receive personal satisfaction from giving back to the community.
Consultation with community agencies is established to assist students and families.
Services are coordinated with schools, families, community agencies, and businesses in order to best meet the needs of each student.
-Turner Kincaid, BOOST Supervisor
-Natalie Gouge, Director of Student Services