Our Stories: Asonti & Rashid

Asonti is the young lady on the left. She is in 8th grade, born and raised in Greenville, likes volleyball, basketball, is very good at math and wants to be a fashion designer.

Rashid is the young man on the right. He is in 7th grade, is originally from Washington, NC, plays football, wrestles and likes math.

They attend Pactolus School and they both participate in an academically based afterschool program called Student Success Academy.

Asonti and Rashid’s both share a love for math and they credit Student Success Academy for building their math skills through one-on-one homework assistance, math games, computer activities and hands on equations.

When asked what they would say to United Way donors, Asonti said, “Thank you for donating to United Way, keep donating because I love Student Success Academy! It is definitely helping me with math." Rashid said, "Your donation is benefiting us. I love being with friends afterschool to learn and have fun. My favorite part is the math games."

According to Steve Lassiter, Pactolus School Principal, “this is the only program available afterschool in this area – without SSA, the kids would have nowhere to go. Without United Way several academic supports at Pactolus School would not be available.” Steve went on to say that programs like this produce academic gains and help children feel like part of the community.