Part­ners in Ac­tion shows amaz­ing progress

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - Mary Mélon Ok­la­homa City Pub­lic Schools Foun­da­tion

Our schools can’t do it alone, and many in Ok­la­homa City have heard this mes­sage and an­swered the call.

Since Part­ners in Ac­tion launched less than two years ago, the ini­tia­tive has logged $4.4 mil­lion in com­mu­nity sup­port and vol­un­teer ac­tiv­ity.

Time, ta­lent and trea­sure are the cat­e­gories mea­sur­ing com­mu­nity sup­port in Ok­la­homa

City Pub­lic Schools.

Part­ners in Ac­tion is the name of the dis­trict- and Foun­da­tion-run ini­tia­tive which has a mis­sion of con­nect­ing schools and their needs with com­mu­nity part­ners.

An im­pact re­port was is­sued last week show­ing the amaz­ing progress this ini­tia­tive has had. This breaks down into some amaz­ing num­bers.

There are nearly 6,000 vol­un­teers ac­tively en­gaged in OKCPS.

To­tal vol­un­teer hours are 102,334, with an

$2,240,069 (cal­cu­la­tions based on data from in­de­pen­dentsec­ are in­volved as men­tors, tu­tors, read­ing bud­dies, ca­reer coaches, test­ing mon­i­tors, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­jects and gen­eral help at the schools.

Nearly 400 pro­jects posted by OKCPS prin­ci­pals have been matched with com­mu­nity part­ner sup­port.

Th­ese pro­jects in­clude a wide va­ri­ety of posts, in­clud­ing mu­sic and ath­letic equip­ment, school uni­forms, shoes, benches and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion sup­plies, dance team uni­forms and even a pop­corn maker, to name just a few.

There are also reg­u­larly sched­uled com­mu­nity part­ner net­work­ing events at schools that al­low part­ners to en­gage di­rectly with school prin­ci­pals to build re­la­tion­ships and learn about needs.

There have been events at Star Spencer, Capi­tol Hill, Dou­glass, U.S. Grant and John Mar­shall. The events are held at the high schools and all feeder pat­tern prin­ci­pals are in­vited.

Th­ese have been well at­tended and have proven to be quite suc­cess­ful, with 95 pro­jects be­ing matched on the spot or as a di­rect re­sult of th­ese events.

Part­ners in Ac­tion is also the um­brella which houses Coat-A-Kid, which has a goal of rais­ing $140,000 to sup­ply new coats to the thou­sands of stu­dents who would not other­wise have one.

Kit-A-Kid is a new ini­tia­tive be­ing launched as an ef­fort to pro­vide school sup­plies for class­rooms in an ef­fi­cient man­ner that en­sures all stu­dents have the nec­es­sary qual­ity sup­plies for use in class.

More in­for­ma­tion about Part­ners in Ac­tion and cor­re­spond­ing pro­grams can be found at www.okck­

There are 620 com­mu­nity part­ner pro­files cur­rently in the data­base. Th­ese are part­ners in­ter­ested in help­ing and look­ing for the right con­nec­tion.

Part­ners in Ac­tion has the goal of grow­ing the list of com­mu­nity part­ners pro­files by at least 200 in the next aca­demic year. Even more im­por­tant is to be sure each part­ner fully en­gages in a project, or bet­ter yet fully en­gages with a school on an on­go­ing ba­sis.

Part­ners in Ac­tion pro­vides the ve­hi­cle, staff from the Foun­da­tion and OKCPS make the lo­gis­tics work and com­mu­nity part­ners pro­vide last­ing and real ben­e­fits to schools, class­rooms and stu­dents.

The vi­sion for OKCPS to be­come a world-class school dis­trict is a big job. Be­cause schools can’t do it alone, the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether to pro­vide sup­port in strate­gic and mean­ing­ful ways is crit­i­cal to mak­ing this vi­sion a re­al­ity.


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