Pinellas County Schools believes that partnerships transform the educational landscape for student success. Partnerships are developed to provide support, services, and opportunities to improve student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools are preparing students for their entry into a diverse and competitive workforce. Leaders in our community can take part in the education of our students to help strengthen our communities' future. Developing meaningful partnerships is key to meeting the diverse needs of the district, schools, students, parents, and the community.
Partnerships increase student achievement, expand learning, increase student self-confidence and students receive important encouragement to stay in school, seek training after high school and secure employment after graduation. Partnerships benefit teachers by presenting opportunities to access available resources and support from the business community and community organizations.
Partnerships benefit by cultivating productive relationships with schools, which improves their image through the publicity and recognition of their partnership. A companies/organization's name and logo can be prominently displayed at school events. This lets everyone in the community know the business is making a real contribution to education. Teacher mini-grants can be awarded in a company's name. Companies can fund a specific initiative, such as automotive, technology, arts, health or more, which can reflect the businesses mission. You and your employees/members can get complimentary tickets and entries to school/community events. Partnerships are recognized and contributions will be published in the Parent Guide, newspapers and newsletters.
Becoming a community and business partner is vital to the success of our schools. Involvement can be accomplished in many ways:
Employees - Providing time for employees to volunteer in schools as mentors, tutors, guest speakers or serving as special event volunteers.
Financial - Providing financial contributions to schools or special events, Adopt-A-Class or sponsorship of programs, scholarship opportunities for students and teachers.
Educational Opportunities - Internships, mock interviews and job fairs.
Other types of Contributions - Incentives to students for achievement, good behavior and attendance. The donation of equipment or materials for use in the classroom or school.
Business Partner relationships are ongoing throughout the year and typically involve an entire school. Regular communication, mutual objectives and specific outcomes are part of these relationships. Partnerships match community resources to identified needs of the individual schools. Schools, in turn provide resources to meet identified needs of a particular partner such as a business or community group. Partners often contribute money, manpower and/or materials to the program. They donate time and expertise, send tutors and mentors to volunteer in the classroom, speak to classes about their business or organization and invite students on field trips. These partnerships have proven to be extremely beneficial to student success.
School or Classroom Partnerships
School or Classroom partnerships are designed for businesses or organizations to become involved in a particular classroom or school sponsored event.
For more information please contact us at: Office of Strategic Partnerships, Family & Community Relations