2009 Honorees Governor’s Award for Outstanding School-Community Partnerships Honorees by Tenure Volunteers Students Activities Implemented To Results Involved Impacted Meet School Goal/s City/County Greenville Stern 6 69 90 Established a Book Buddy Over 1,000 hours of Enhancement Program; volunteer support for volunteer time resulted in: School Family Reading Night, Back to Average increase of at least & School Picnic, Fall Festival, Red one grade level in reading St. Joseph High Ribbon Week, Ms. Carrie achievement; approx. 40% of School Sterns Arts Festival Week, 2nd—4th graders scored at or cheerleader camp, and other above grade level; Average events; interaction with Daily Attendance increased volunteers’ parents and to 97%; increase in teachers at THEIR school volunteers’ awareness of activities; Book Buddy importance of being role workshops for other groups. models. Jackson Jackson Public 5 100+ 1,000+ Professional development for More than 70 people from School District teachers; development of diverse groups took part in & partnerships with artists and assessment and planning Parents for arts organizations; post- that resulted in a strategic Public Schools Katrina arts as healing project: plan; approximately 100 Ask 4 More Arts From LifeShards to teachers received Cornerstones; LifeShards 1st professional development Saturdays sessions; resulting in enhanced quality JumpstART program— of instruction, energy, and collaborative teaching for higher expectations; parents classroom teachers and arts more actively engaged; at representatives; Parent least 18 artists/art Leadership Institute resource organizations given for expanding awareness of opportunities for paid, arts integration in the professional work in classroom. classrooms; LifeShards Sat. attendance is 30-50 people; schools and arts groups had improved appreciation of each other’s importance. Pascagoula Pascagoula Public 1 18 5,000 Assessed food needs of seven 15 volunteers donated 1,800 School District elem. school families; hours in the past 6 months; & developed Backpack Buddies cash and grant donations of Backpack Buddies for families of children in most more than $21,000; need of food for weekends; 5,000 pounds of food wrote grants; asked for food donations; and financial donations; found weekend food for 59 families community storage space for and 181 children; school donations; developed needs snacks for 5,000 students; assessment form; established a attendance up by 40% and year-round pick-up schedule; focus increased for Backpack provided school snacks for ALL Buddies students schools. 2009 Honorees MAPE Board of Directors Partnership Excellence Award Honorees by Tenure Volunteers Students Activities Implemented To Results Involved Impacted Meet School Goal/s City/County Hattiesburg Hattiesburg Public 1 4,500 Meetings with parents and Reached at least 100 people School District others in the community who would have been & hosted by parents and otherwise out-of-touch; Local Parents community members; open responded to requests for & discussions, distribution of more information via a Hattiesburg information packets, and weekly email newsletter to Housing Authority anonymous responses were supplement the monthly solicited by self-addressed, printed one; clarified stamped envelopes; end-of-the graduation requirements; semester appreciation dinner established ways to handle for hosts. disagreements with school staff; grew from 7 to 20 meetings scheduled and added meetings for community leaders and organizations. Hattiesburg Public 1 4,550 Collaboration of United Way, 300 participants took part in School District area businesses and the dropout prevention & organizations, and local school summit. Evaluations United Way districts resulted in a forum to: indicated that awareness was & Other Local increase awareness of the raised, responsibility of School Districts dropout crisis, recognize entire community was agreed & Other Area personal impact of the crisis, upon, and strategies for Businesses/ and take responsibility for encouraging graduation were Groups helping find solutions. shared. Natchez West Primary 13 54 333 Provided incentives for Partners donated 555 hours School students and their parents for of volunteer time and also & good citizenship, perfect cash and incentive items that 14 Community attendance, and the “No Tardy totaled over $2,700. Partners Party;” donated books for the These donations served to library; donated refreshments improve attendance and for family events. punctuality which resulted in Volunteers made phone calls, improved D.I.B.E.L.S. scores. chaperoned achievement Incentives kept behavioral events, and provided problems to a minimum. entertainment for awards parties. Ridgeland Highland 1 601 Collaborated on the launching Donated materials that were Elementary School of “Think Green, Keep MS taken home increased anti- & Clean” new anti-litter litter awareness. MS Dept. of advocate—Albert the Monkey. Independently-formed Transportation Students created and student litter patrol performed original song and maintained the playground. skit for the launch. An estimated 500 gallons of Classes made posters materials recycled at the welcoming Albert. Age- school weekly. Grants from appropriate “Think Green” other partners supported items were given to all seasonal gardens and a mini- students. weather station.
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