We began working with Bruns Elementary during their 2021-22 school year, making this our second academic year at the public school. During our first year with the school, we helped ideate and host three family empowerment events: a Black History Month Community Partner event, a Spring Fling Friday Night event, and a Summer Drive-Through event.
Through these three events, over 400 individuals were connected with 14 Charlotte community partners ranging from organizations with expertise in financial wellness to the local libraries.
During our pre-survey analysis, we were able to collect 128 surveys representing 147 students in the elementary school. These surveys ask questions and have respondents rate statements such as:
- How confident are you that you can motivate your child to try hard in school?
- How confident are you in your ability to support your child’s learning at home?
- When I walk into the school, I feel the school is inviting and this is a place where parents “belong.”
- I believe my ideas are valued at my child’s school.
- If the school can’t help me, they will connect me to someone who can.
Across all questions and statements, we saw a positive increase in responses when we surveyed families again at the end of the school year. By the end of the year, 96.05% of families felt that when they walk into Bruns, it is a place where they belong, 94.44% of families reported feeling like their ideas were valued at the school and families overwhelmingly expressed their satisfaction with the way Bruns keeps them up to date on important events and issues (96.03%), as well as making it easy to communicate with teachers (94.44%).
While we were so excited to see the school’s numbers go up, we know there are always ways to improve, especially when it comes to students. Through our program, we are constantly analyzing data and sharing all the information we have with schools along with our recommendations so they can continue to build on the momentum we started. All of this information is compiled into a report and shared with our school partners at the end of the year.
Our partner schools, Bruns Avenue Elementary included, are partners throughout this entire process. We co-create the solutions for families not only with the educators in the schools, but also with the families themselves.
“SchermCo provides that support to ensure families are able to get the best from schools,” Brenda says. “I’ve seen it from two schools.”
We’re honored to support schools in this way! Learn more about our Family Empowerment Program here.