NEW YORK, Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As schools and families prepare for back to school, ClassTag announces the winning district of its Community Engagement Grant, which received $10,000 in funding.
Since launching the Community Engagement Grant in June 2022, ClassTag has received 65 passionate and compelling submissions about how school districts across the country have emerged from the pandemic to build trust and strong relationships with their community. As part of the application, leaders were asked to share the creative ways they engaged their community and the impact this additional funding can have. The initiatives shared through the nominations offer diverse and creative perspectives on how to address the most pressing issues facing school communities across the country, however, the opportunities remain consistent and span the following five areas :
- Equity and Accessibility
- Social-emotional learning and mental health
- Family education programs
- Partnerships with local organizations and businesses
- A unified communication system
After much deliberation, the ClassTag team selected the winner – Lexington City Schools, a suburban North Carolina neighborhood serving over three thousand students.
“We are impressed with the commitment to equity of Lexington City Schools and their creative Jacket Parent Academy (JPA) program, providing a systematic approach to parent education and community partnership to address loss. learning opportunities, wide achievement gaps, and creating a safe and welcoming environment where every family can thrive. The academy has a monthly course schedule, graduation ceremony, and special volunteer initiatives and community engagement bringing together local organizations and all members,” says Vlada Lotkina, co-founder and CEO of ClassTag.
Funding from the grant will be used to advance marketing, resources, and incentives for Jacket Parent Academy, as well as to develop JPA as a prototype for other districts.
Community engagement is a key area that requires investment as schools emerge from the pandemic to build trust and strong relationships with their community. “I am so honored to be able to receive this great gift on behalf of Jacket Parent Academy of Lexington City Schools. This generous donation will continue to help Jacket Parent Academy carry out the mission of increasing and strengthening parent involvement and to help secure the academic success of our students,” says Dr. Kasey Wilkie, Community Engagement Coordinator for Lexington City Schools.
ClassTag is excited to share some of the district’s most notable community engagement stories and best practices. In an “Ideas Bank” format, you can learn from these innovative and proven initiatives being tested by districts across the country.
ClassTag is the community engagement platform for schools and districts looking to create a vibrant community with a vested interest in their school’s success. ClassTag unites your community in your mission and ignites love and pride for your schools with consistent, accessible, and joyful communications. ClassTag is already loved by millions of administrators, teachers, and families in 25,000 schools, provides proactive and engaging outreach, and makes it easy for the community to show support.
For more information, visit: www.classtag.com/connect or email [email protected]
Image 1: Lexington City Schools – Jacket Parent Academy
Jacket Parent Academy Graduates, 2022
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Lexington City Schools – Jacket Parent Academy