Connecting School and Community in Northeastern North Carolina

Last Updated: May 01, 2007

Connecting School and Community in Northeastern North Carolina

About the Program
Connecting School and Community Partners
Connecing School and Community Statistics
Related Publications
Sample Tools


About the Program

The children and communities in North Carolina's mostly rural northeastern region face particularly difficult challenges. The region's schools are among the hardest to staff and have higher child poverty rates, lower educational levels, and fewer students scoring proficient or higher on state mandated tests than other districts in the state.

The Rural School and Community Trust is working in North Carolina to build the capacity of grassroots leaders and community-based organizations to engage in local school reform in vulnerable rural communities, build strong out-of-school supports for student learning, and establish a network of rural activists who will develop and advocate for policies and practices to improve education for students throughout the state.

The goal is to help build community-based infrastructures and programs to move vulnerable rural North Carolina youths and families out of poverty through education and asset building and improve their ability to remain in their home communities.

To do this, the Rural Trust is partnering with community-based organizations to build their capacity to provide out-of-school support for youth.

Connecting School and Community Partners


River City Community
Development Corporation
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Mrs. Lenora Jarivs-Mackey
501 E. Main Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: (252) 331-2925

River City CDC has been a mainstay in community development in the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank area of North Carolina for over 15 years. River City CDC's mission is to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for community residents through home ownership, job creation, business development, and cultural awareness. River City CDC has a particular interest in 16- to 25-year-old out-of-school youth. Their strategy is to engage them in civic life, equip them with organizing, employment, and entrepreneurial skills, and provide for them a network of support and information.


Warren County Training School/
North Warren High School Alumni
and Friends Association, Inc. 
Wise, North Carolina
Mr. Frank Hendrick, President
14 Beatrice Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666-2218
Phone: (757) 826-0835

WCTS/NWHS is a community-based organization whose primary focus is preserving and continuing the tradition of a high level of achievement in education, human relations, and community leadership. Through Saturday academies and summer enrichment programs, the Association sponsors supplemental support for vulnerable youth in mathematics and reading. The Association's Community Service and Empowerment Center operates on the school's original six-acre campus, which recently received National Historic Trust recognition.


Uhuru Community Development
Rich Square, North Carolina
Mr. Anthony Clark, President /CEO
PO Box 222/147 Main Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
Phone: (252) 539-8832

Uhuru CDC's mission is to establish sustainable community economic development in Northampton County and surrounding areas. Their work and organizing experiences demonstrate the interconnectedness of economic, social, and educational development. Uhuru will facilitate communitywide dialogues to work on ensuring success for all children, implement training activities with fathers to increase their capacity to provide mentoring and educational support for young boys, and design and pilot a teaching program to help girls in grades 10-12 acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Connecing School and Community Statistics

Teacher, ethnicity, and graduation rate information from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:

*Graduation rate calculated by the number of high school graduates in 2006 divided by adjusted number of 9th grade students in 2002-03.

Free and reduced-meal rate from the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data:

Connecting School and Community in North Carolina is a project of the Rural School and Community Trust and is made possible with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


"Program aims to improve students' grades and lives" Roanoke Daily Herald September 26, 2007
"Summer Camp promotes learning through elders" The Warren Record August 22, 2007
"Summer Academic Enrichment Camp Announced" The Warren Record July 4, 2007
"Warren group looking at future of youth" Daily Dispatch May 19, 2007


First Year Evaluation (PDF)

Related Publications

From Talk to Action: Warren County's Community Action Plan
Quality Teachers: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions for North Carolina's Most Overlooked Rural Communities

Sample Tools

Sample Study Circle Recruitment Flyer
Sample Study Circle Recruitment Flyer (Spanish)
Sample Study Circle Evaluation Form
Sample Study Circle Evaluation Form (Spanish)
Sample Study Circle Information Gathering Form (Spanish)
• Interview Release Form (Spanish)