United Way and The Volunteer Center adopt Wiley for their summer nutrition project
"Greensboro, N.C. – Wiley Elementary has even more opportunities to help its students thanks to the generosity of the Greensboro community.
This summer, the United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center selected Wiley as part of their MeaningFULL Meals program, raising donations and recruiting volunteers to help make sure students and their families didn’t go hungry while school is out.
The project revitalized the school’s food storage space with a pantry makeover, purchased a new refrigerator and freezer to store fresh foods, secured fresh produce from a local farm to be distributed to families, provided bags to send the food home, and provided quick and simple recipes for families to prepare the food they received. In addition, the group provided educational resources to help parents and children spend quality time together over the summer.
“We are so grateful to our partners for the gifts and time they gave us this summer,” says Wiley Principal Tavy Fields. “When a child is hungry, it is difficult to get that student to focus on learning. Programs like this get rid of that barrier and create a clearer path for students to achieve their full potential.”
Wiley is hosting a camp for the African American Male Initiative, supervised by Communities in Schools coordinator Rashard Jones, and sends food home with those students every weekend this summer.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,200 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com."
- A Press Release