WSTA is committed to working in the Winston-Salem
community through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations and
schools. As the business partner for two different schools, Petree Elementary
School and Carter Vocational School, WSTA works directly with each institution
to bring as much as we can to the students, faculty and parents.
Petree Elementary School
was built in 1999 and houses 489 students in Pre-Kindergarten through
Fifth grade. Petree class sizes average about 16 students. Character
education is taught on a daily basis with monthly assemblies devoted
to honoring students with outstanding demonstration of character.
Petree Elementary school promotes a climate for learning and teaching
by providing a nurturing, success-oriented school environment. With
challenging material, a knowledge-rich curriculum and an emphasis
on the arts, Petree produces lifelong learners.
It is the mission of David H. Petree School
of Core Knowledge and Integrated Arts to provide a safe and caring
learning environment that promotes success and encourages positive
character development. Through high expectations of students, staff,
parents and community, they strive to prepare students for the future.
WSTA has been a partner of Petree Elementary
School since 2003. We are proud to be associated with a program
that makes respecting others a part of its curriculum.
Carter Vocational School
is a nontraditional high school specializing
in transition services for our students with special needs. They
offer a unique high school program with emphasis on preparing students
for life after high school. It is from this emphasis that they adopted
the motto, "Learning for Life". Academic instruction,
occupational preparation and vocational training are all focused
on the individual needs of each student. Personal and social behavior,
physical education, and the visual and performing arts help to round
out their instruction. Character education and activity clubs provide
the means for leadership development and special interest exploration.
Intramural sports and Special Olympics make competition and teamwork
One of the reasons WSTA chose Carter Vocational
School as a partner is the school administration's concepts of education
beyond the classroom. They actively support community inclusion
through field experiences and community based training throughout
our community. The students enjoy an opportunity to explore an outdoor
curriculum and face seemingly insurmountable physical, mental and
emotional challenges through the support of the Boy Scouts of America,
"Learning for Life" program, the inspiration for their
A prevention-focused community
collaborative comprised of social service providers; the Forsyth
County Public Health Department; and local universities is dedicated
to helping eliminate the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
through education and testing. The health department offers HIV/STD
education and testing in non-traditional locations, one of which
is the Clark Campbell Transportation Center. Outreach and testing
are conducted monthly.
Project Safe Place provides young people
with a place to go when they need help fast. It is the objective
of Safe Place to provide a network of locations, whose staffs have
been specially trained, to provide open arms and safe harbor for
young people with no other place to turn. Safe Places are identified
by the distinctive yellow and black sign. In Winston Salem, Project
Safe Place is administered by Host Homes.
Winston-Salem Transit Authority is a community partner in the local
Safe Place program, which includes over 220 sites and has helped
over 250 young people since it started in 1997. All WSTA facilities
and every single WSTA fixed-route and Trans-AID vehicle carries
the Project Safe Place logo. Each vehicle is considered a Safe Place,
as are all WSTA facilities.