2007 National CS Awards for Excellence Winners
The 2007 Community Schools National Awards for Excellence Winners
The Coalition for Community Schools is pleased to announce the winners of its second annual Community Schools National Award for Excellence. The 2007 award recognizes the work of three schools and three communities top build and expand community schools: Carlin Springs Elementary School, in Arlington, VA; Fair Street Elementary School, in Gainesville, GA; Sayre High School, in Philadelphia, PA; and, Independence, MO; Multnomah County, OR; and Tukwila, WA.
Award recipients have met the following criteria: their community school or initiative has developed and integrated purposeful partnerships with other organizations into the life of the school, families and community residents are extensively involved in the community school, school personnel are connected to community partners and to the community, and they integrate community-based learning approaches into school curriculum. In addition, schools receiving this award have demonstrated that the community school or the initiative is moving toward results that it has set for itself and has unique features and programs to model.
Winners received the awards June 14 at a ceremony hosted by Representative Steny Hoyer (D- MD) on Capitol Hill. View the program book here.
Independence School District, Independence, MO
Initiative Award Winners
Everyone in Independence plays a role in educating young people. Each elementary and one high school has a School/Neighborhood Site Council that includes parents, teachers, community members, and students. These councils assess needs for their neighborhood and school and then implement action plans aimed at improving the well-being of students, families, neighborhoods and the community. In Independence, the public believes that a caring community builds on its strengths to provide meaningful opportunities for young people. Read their profile here.
SUN Community Schools, Multnomah County, OR
Young people have a voice in Multnomah County, Oregon, which includes the city of Portland. When the county began planning a community school initiative, not only did young people contribute ideas, they also named it. The name they chose, Schools Uniting Neighborhoods, or SUN schools, reflects the belief that schools, working with their communities, can do more than just teach math and reading, they can transform neighborhoods and help young people succeed. Read their profile here.
Tukwila Community Schools Collaboration, Tukwila, WA
Located just south of Seattle, Tukwila is the most diverse city in Washington State. Residents speak over 60 different languages and are highly mobile. Poverty, high drop-out rates and a lack of connections to the community are just some of the issues that the Tukwila Community Schools Collaboration (TCSC) has tackled since its inception in 2001. With a strong conviction that community resources had to be engaged to help the children and families living in Tukwila, TCSC was created to develop full service community learning centers. The city of Tukwila is a major supporter of the initiative, investing $100,000 of city funds this year. Read their profile here.
School Award Winners
Carlin Springs Elementary School, Arlington, VA
Imagine a school where teachers and parents work together to help children learn and develop; a place where local arts groups, businesses, faith-based organizations and county services all come together to improve the lives of young people and their families. At Carlin Springs Elementary School, in Arlington, VA, students are thriving because the school, county and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families have come together to create a place that does all of this and more. Read their profile here.
Fair Street Elementary School, Gainesville, GA
Sayre High School, Philadelphia, PA
As long as Fair Street Elementary School has been around, it has been the center of its community. When it was founded in 1937, the school was the only one to serve northeast Georgia’s African America children before segregation. It was the heart of the community, holding community meetings, and social and athletic activities. While the Gainesville population has become more diverse over the years, Fair Street has held its place as the heart of its community. Read their profile here.
What do college students, an Ivy League university, an urban health crisis and teenagers living in poverty all have in common? Too many times, the answer is "not a thing" but at Sayre High School in West Philadelphia connections are being made that could very well save lives. Read their profile here.