ROTARY HONORED FOR LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Project English, a program of the F-M Area Rotary Clubs with Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, has been presented the Champions for Diversity in Education Award by Cultural Diversity Resources. The program assists New Americans in learning their new language using the Rosetta Stone computer software, under the guidance of Rotary and FPS volunteers.
The weekly program is an outgrowth of the school’s extended relationship with Rotary through the FPS Development Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program.
Thank you to the Rotary and District volunteers who make this great program work!
The Adopt-A-School program matches individual schools with area businesses and other organizations. The partnerships bring business employees and community organization members into the schools to assist with reading programs, tutoring, career awareness presentations, special events, mentoring, extra-curricular clubs, joint community service projects, field trips and other activities.
"The partnership is meant to give children an opportunity to meet other caring
The Adopt-A-School program is a "win - win" situation for everyone - students benefit from the time and expertise of other caring adults, teachers and other school staff appreciate additional helping hands, the business employees enjoy being engaged in meaningful contact with students, and the business employers view the program as another way to show community support and provide their employees with personal and professional growth opportunities. The focus of the program is not on financial support from the business and community partners, but rather to tap into this wealth of expertise and willingness to help.
The activities of each school and business match will vary, depending upon the priority needs of the school and the resources available in the partner business. At the elementary level, typically one school and one business are matched. At the secondary level, due to school size and advanced curriculums, middle schools, junior highs and high schools may have multiple Adopt-A-School partners.
After a match has been made, planning teams from each school and business work together to discuss the needs of the school and the resources available in the partner business. Each school and business planning team is typically made up of four to six people, with the school planning team including the principal and at least one PTA representative. These two teams will determine the activities to be undertaken at the school and occasionally at the business.
The program has been in existence since the fall of 2001.
Published October 23 2010 in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead www.inforum.com
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