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2008–2009 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award Recipients

PTA’s Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Awards celebrate PTAs that are working to achieve the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. The PTA national office is proud to announce the award recipients for this, the award program’s inaugural year.

Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
Presented to one PTA for all-around achievement of the National Standards

Elmdale Elementary School PTA, Springdale, AR
Elmdale Elementary School has worked hard to ensure that all families feel welcome and are involved in helping their students succeed. The school provides academic learning opportunities for parents, including parents for whom English is a second language, and has partnered with a variety of community organizations to help pay for and provide tutors, teachers, volunteers, and books, as well as backpacks full of food for families in need. In addition, the school empowers parents to meet with the district superintendent and with community organizations that work to make the town of Springdale a better place. Elmdale PTA sponsors a potluck dinner with the principal to allow parents to discuss concerns, policies, and improvements, sharing power in school decision-making.

As a result of its aligning programs and practices with the National Standards and developing strong partnerships with families and the community, Elmdale Elementary School has increased student achievement. In 2007–2008, they met the state achievement standards, after falling short in 2006–2007. Kudos to Elmdale Elementary for overcoming language barriers and conditions of poverty to promote academic and overall success for all students!

Family-School Partnership Award of Excellence
Presented to six PTAs, each representing the best in one of the six National Standards

  • Standard 1—Welcoming All Families into the School Community: Shakerag Elementary School PTA, Duluth, GA
  • Standard 2—Communicating Effectively: Taylors Elementary School PTA, Taylors, SC
  • Standard 3—Supporting Student Success: Broadmoor Washington PTA, San Leandro, CA
  • Standard 4—Speaking Up for Every Child: Sara Collins Elementary PTA, Greenville, SC
  • Standard 5—Sharing Power: Normal Park Museum Magnet PTA, Chattanooga, TN
  • Standard 6—Collaborating with Community: Wilson Elementary PTA, Cincinnati, OH

Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
Presented to all Hearst Award applicants

For their commitment to striving to achieve the National Standards, 110 PTAs in 30 states will receive the Award of Merit. The full list of Merit award winners is downloadable.