Our Programs

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We have two programs available for students residing in the AventWest community. One for elementary school students in grades 1-5, and one for middle and high school-aged students in grades 6-11. The program includes transportation to and from the tutoring sites, a physical activity period, assistance with homework, reading, math and basic skills, a dinner meal or healthy snack provided by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Interfaith Food Shuttle. 

The AventWest community in southwest Raleigh is an area bounded roughly by Avent Ferry Road on the south, Athens Drive and Jones Franklin Road on the west, Hillsborough Street on the north and Gorman Street on the east.


ELEMENTARY (GRADES 1-5)

The younger students at this site enjoy spending time on the playground where they play on the jungle gym, swings and other equipment. After enjoying a healthy snack, students work with volunteer tutors on homework and basic skills in the areas of reading, writing and math.

Jr. League of Raleigh members provide enrichment activities and work as tutors to four afternoons each month as part of their “Team AWCM” program. Enrichment activities include nutrition and preparing healthy snacks, programs on safety, art and music and many other fun activities.

Each year, at both sites, a Winter Celebration takes place in December. This event brings parents, students, teachers, volunteers, church members, neighbors and Board members together to enjoy a meal and entertainment. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of student gifts from the Angel Tree.

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students Improve their homework completion and class participation

Nearly 60%

students improve their behavior in class

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students improve their math and reading grades

Source: Afterschool Alliance

Meeting Days and Times

Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons
4:45-6:45 pm

Daily Schedule

4:45 – 5:20 pm  | Activity Period
5:20 – 5:35 pm | Snack
5:35 – 6:45 pm | Tutoring

Location

Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church
4900 Kaplan Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606


MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 6-11)

The students enjoy arriving early to spend time outside where they enjoy soccer and other physical activities. The church site provides a safe place for the students to play games and socialize with their peers.

From 5:15-6:15 pm students work on homework and basic skills with volunteer tutors. The students at the Avent Ferry site have homework to complete and can work on reports or research in the computer lab. English is a second language for the majority of the students.  Volunteers tutors assist in understanding directions, give guidance on math problems, read with the students, help with writing assignments and the completion of special projects.

While the students work with the tutors, volunteers prepare a dinner meal with food from the Food Bank and from frozen entrees prepared and delivered by the Interfaith Food Shuttle each week.  At the end of the meal, students are returned to their homes.

Other enrichment activities are offered through collaboration with community programs and include:

  • Tour of the WRAL-TV 5

  • Attend Hurricanes hockey and Railhawks soccer games

  • N.C. State University Food Science Program Activities

Each year, at both sites, a Winter Celebration takes place in December. This event brings parents, students, teachers, volunteers, church members, neighbors and Board members together to enjoy a meal and entertainment. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of student gifts from the Angel Trees.

Availability

Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons
4:45-6:30 pm

Daily Schedule

4:45 – 5:15   Physical Activity
5:15 – 6:15   Tutoring
6:15 – 6:30   Dinner

Location

Avent Ferry United Methodist Church
2700 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606