The StriveTogether Partnership is supported by Impact Alamance, but it is not an Impact Alamance program. It’s a community program that aims to help the county make a quantum leap in student outcomes.
“We can help, especially, the children that are being left behind, that are falling through the cracks,” says Rev. Larry Covington, senior pastor at Ebenezer United Church of Christ. “A lot of children don’t have a healthy starting point.”
The idea is simple: The success of children in the classroom is influenced by many factors outside the classroom. If all the organizations and people who have an interest in kids — from schools to health care providers to social service organizations — coordinated their efforts and used a common set of metrics to guide their work, they would all be more effective.
“If they all push in the same direction we’ll really have a significant impact on improving the quality of education,” says Derek Steed, an executive at Glen Raven and member of the StriveTogether executive committee.
ABSS Superintendent Dr. William Harrison says he believes StriveTogether will strengthen an already strong sense of common purpose across multiple agencies and organizations. He also believes the effort will build on what ABSS has already begun with the five-year strategic plan it adopted in 2014.
StriveTogether Executive Committee
Susan Osborne, Alamance County Social Services
Jean Rattigan-Rohr, Elon University
Stacie Saunders, Alamance County Health Department
Rev. Ron Shive, First Presbyterian Church of Burlington
Derek Steed, Glen Raven, Inc.
Carrie Theall, The Alamance Partnership for Children
Mac Williams, Alamance Area Chamber of Commerce
Tony Foriest, Retired, NC Senate
Gerry Francis, Elon University
Tracey Grayzer, Impact Alamance
Dr. William Harrison, Alamance Burlington School System
Craig Honeycutt, Alamance County
Dan Ingle, Alamance County Commissioner
Cathy Johnson, Alamance Community College
Heidi Norwick, The United Way of Alamance County