Home/School Coordinator Arrick Davis Builds Community at JPS
Jamestown Public Schools’ Home/School Coordinator Arrick Davis’ is using his unique set of skills learned as a coach, mentor and advocate to help serve both the district’s students and families by connecting them with the resources they need to help their children succeed. Mr. Davis is in his second year working for the Jamestown schools and his first year at the Technology Academy. Next year, Mr. Davis’ responsibilities will expand to the JPS Success Academy.
“I want students to be successful in their education,” said Mr. Davis. “My goal is to build relationships with students and their families and be their connection to community agencies that can help them reach their goals. I always tell them I am here to help you. I hope to be that little extra guidance and support in their lives.”
Currently, Mr. Davis assists students at the Tech Academy with guidance and support in school under the leadership and direction of JHS Tech Academy Assistant Principal Tom Langworthy. He also provides their families with support and links them to resources in the community to help with any needs.
“Arrick is a huge asset at the Tech Academy,” said Mr. Langworthy. “He reaches out to help families to make sure they have the resources and knowledge for their children to be successful in school, at home and in our community. Arrick makes home visits, collaborates with community agencies to facilitate services, invites parents to become members of the school community, works with JPS administration on students’ individual needs and advocates for families in need.”
During home visits, Mr. Davis meets with families to find out ways he can help their children be successful in their education. He will make referrals to community agencies that can give them support and help find ways to engage students in activities at school such as sports, music or the arts that may give them an incentive to come to school.
“Arrick is the thread that holds the quilt together. He has the ability to pull everyone together – students, families and community to build a stronger whole,” said JPS Superintendent Bret Apthorpe. “We know that he can help us build trust and relationships between students, families and the district because he is doing that so well right now at the Tech Academy. We plan to expand his role to the Success Academy to help an even larger group by being the liaison between our students and families, our partnering agencies and the district.”
“I love to help people and I love to empower kids,” said Mr. Davis. “I want students and their families to know that we care about them and that they are in school every day learning. I want to help kids overcome any adversity in their lives and know what we all have a story but that story can be changed. I had mentors and coaches when I was a kid who helped me get on the right path to success. I hope that I can provide the same hope for the kids in Jamestown schools.”