OUR SCHOOLS:  West Middle Community School Energizes Community Engagement with Launch of its New Volunteer Resource Center

OUR SCHOOLS: West Middle Community School Energizes Community Engagement with Launch of its New Volunteer Resource Center

The newly renovated West Middle Community School at 44 Niles Street is now open and happily abuzz with students, teachers, staff, and the Community School’s Lead Agency Partner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.  On September 27, 2016, the school hosted a Grand Opening of their Volunteer Resource Center, tours of the renovated school facility, and presentations about the West Middle Community School, which serves over 470 students.  The evening was also an opportunity for the school to celebrate its many partners.

west-middle-volunteer-ctr-celebration-facadeThe Niles Street Façade of the newly-renovated West Middle School.

West Middle Community School along with lead agency the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford as well as multiple stakeholders have met over the past 18 months to focus on re-engaging the community once West Middle returned home to Asylum Hill. The tours were facilitated by, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, West Middle Staff, and the Boys & Girls Clubs Staff.  The tours were intended to allow guests to see the new building. WMCS staff and school leadership shared some of the practices that have been developed and/or employed to improve teaching and learning, while implementing the Community School Model. This model offers an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement, leading to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.


“It was our pleasure to welcome all of our long standing and new partners to the amazing new West Community Middle School,” reflects Nicole Rodriguez, Director of the Volunteer Resource Center.  “We owe a debt of gratitude to the members of Asylum Hill Congregational church for the capital campaign that made this center a reality. I am looking forward to working with the community members as we meet the needs of our students. This event gave us an opportunity to showcase our Volunteer Resource Center and provide community members an opportunity to learn about exploring ways they can become involved in our school.”

west-middle-volunteer-ctr-celbration-lynn-estey-nicole-rodriguez-joe-bumpersLeft to right, Principal Lynn Estey, Nicole Rodriguez, Director of the Volunteer Resource Center, and Sam Gray, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford

“We are proud that West Middle School is not only a Community School, but the community’s school.” Lynn Estey, principal.

Joseph Bumpers, remarked, “It was a great opportunity to showcase the new school and extend our appreciation to our community partners. As the Community School Director, my primary responsibility and goal is to coordinate and provide programs and services that will ensure our students have the resources required for academic success. This is accomplished with the essential supports provided by families and the larger community.”

west-middle-volunteer-ctr-celebration-jazz-quartetThe jazz quintet lent a party-like atmosphere to the evening event.

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For more information about the Volunteer Resource Center at West Middle School, contact:
Nicole Rodriguez, Director of Volunteer Resource Center
Tel: (860) 695-5562

For more information about the programs and services offered at West Middle Community School, contact:

Joseph Bumpers, Community School Director

Tel: 860-695-2010

Email: jbumpers@bgchartford.org