Ideas for Working Together
Schools and Community . . . Working Together
Connections between our community and our schools enables us to provide students with a wide variety of support and opportunities to grow and thrive. There are many ways for businesses and community organizations to get involved. Ideally, a partnership between a school and a community organization will be based on the specific needs and resources of each. Here are some ideas to get you started.
As Partners in Education, businesses and community organizations may:
- Serve as volunteers, mentors, tutors, chaperones, etc.
- Allow/Encourage employees to use release time to volunteer in the schools of their choice
- Become a classroom reader or guest speaker
- Serve as a guest speaker during Career Day/Week
- Offer incentives for students for achievement, positive behavior, attendance, etc.
- Donate needed materials and supplies
- Provide financial support and other needed resources
- Sponsor field trips and expanded cultural experiences for students
- Assist with annual school events such as health fairs, school carnivals, science fairs, spirit week, book fairs, etc.
- Sponsor after school clubs and activities
- Provide valuable input as a participant on a school/district advisory council
- Engage in school improvement/beautification projects
- Participate in a school supply or book drive
- Provide job shadowing, internships and/or employment opportunities for students
- Support professional development for educators
- Host lunches/meetings for school staff
- Sponsor recognition programs for students, teachers, and staff
- Sponsor a teacher appreciation week event
- Invite student artwork for the design of holiday cards or other organizational publications
Schools can assist community partners by
- Providing student artwork for office spaces, the design of holiday cards or professional publications
- Provide visibility for partners by recognizing them on the school marquee, in a school newsletter, on the school website, in social media, etc.
- Providing a partnership plaque or window cling to publicly display
- Including them in school programs and activities
- Recognize them at a PTA meeting or school event
- Offering student performances at community organizations