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SCS to hold Adopt-A-School presentation

Whether it is spending time as a tutor or a monetary donation, the Selma City School system (SCS) is inviting any and everyone interested in helping the system with its Adopt-A-School presentation on Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Selma High School Media Center.

According to Courtney Washington, the Community Engagement Specialist for SCS,

“The purpose of the Adopt-A-School Program is to provide a structured pathway for partnership between Selma City Schools and community supporters.”

“Our goal is to establish lasting relationships with our supporters that enhances the quality of education provided to our students,” she said. “The Adopt-A-School Program is a year-long endeavor with partners collaborating with specific schools to assist with their unique needs. It is our belief that all partners can play a pivotal role in accelerating student and school success.

“The entire school community, in particular the students, gain from the additional resources and experience offered by corporate and community partners,” Washington said. “Adopters can have a direct impact on the school community and have an opportunity to form quality relationships with one school.”

Washington said that the engagement activities between the school and partner are tailored toward the school and partner’s needs, and go beyond a one-time experience.

“Adopting a school can also help you get a jumpstart on developing your future workforce because you are helping to develop high performing students,” Washington said.

She added that adopters do various activities including academic enrichment and career awareness, student incentives and motivation, cultural enrichment and improving school environments.

Potential activities can include tutoring, mentoring, monetary donations and school beautification.

“This is just a new way to establish the list of supporters that we have as well,” said Washington.

Edgewood Elementary Principal Joe Peterson said that every school has at least one adopter that assists with the school.

“We have volunteers that come in and do things like tutoring either one-on-one or small groups,” said Peterson. “They help with field trips, chaperone at fall festivals and help teachers in the classroom. We can always use help. Elkdale Church is one of our partners, and they are hosting a basketball camp from June 25 to June 28.”

“Education is the center of the community,” said SCS Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams. “In order for us to make the type of improvements we need to, we need help from the community, and we welcome any organizations that want to work alongside us. This is not just about money it is about support as well. This is going to be a key support to our teachers, and staff. The teachers need to know that they have the backing of the community as they move forward with supporting our students. We would love for any and everyone interested in coming to this meeting.”