Forest Park, Price PTAs given national honor - July 01, 2009

Record Number: 5216
Displayed from: Jul 01, 2009 , until: Aug 01, 2009

The Forest Park and Price elementary school PTAs were given the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit for their commitment to developing strong partnerships between the schools and families. The recognition is given by the National PTA to school PTAs that demonstrate a commitment to the six national standards for family-school partnerships. The standards include welcoming all families into the school community, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power and collaborating with the community. Forest Park and Price were two of just four schools in Indiana to receive the award. Nationwide, 110 PTAs received the award of merit. "Having a strong PTA is important to the success of a school," said Julie Klingenberger, Forest Park PTA president and president of the Fort Wayne Area Council PTA. "We work hard to make sure that parents are involved in and support our schools to be the best they can be." The Forest Park PTA launched an effort to collect 1 million pennies to purchase books for the school. At Price, parents logged more than 1,800 volunteer hours in the classroom, PTA President Nicole Thomas said. The program was a take-off of the National PTA's Three for Me program, which asks parents to volunteer three hours a year in their child's school.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.