I am sharing this post because I feel other school districts could also be doing what they are doing in Mashpee, Massachusetts:. #WeAreMashpee is a community partnership model we all should follow:
Community Outreach Center
The Mashpee Schools (with the nickname Falcons) have created wonderful community partnerships with the Southport Falcons, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Kiwanis, and Falcon Friends.
I attended a meeting at Southport an active adult 55+ community where the superintendent and assistant superintendent of the Mashpee Schools (Patricia DeBoer, Superintendent @PDeBoerMPS and Hope Hanscom, Assistant Superintendent @Hanscom_MPS ) gave a presentation to encourage more Southport residents to become Southport Falcon volunteers who give countless hours to tutor and mentor students. Those residents who are interested will be given a school bus tour of the Mashpee Schools and a visit to the Community Outreach Center.
School volunteers work with students on all levels in the classrooms, and in after school. programs There is a wide range of activities and there are countless ways volunteers can lend a hand.They mentor students for example: a student wanted to build a computer and he was helped by a Southport resident who worked in that industry. Another student interested in biology helped monitor a pond for the community. Residents also conduct mock interviews with students who come dressed up and with their resumes.
#We Are Mashpee is the Community Outreach Center for the Mashpee Public Schools (located in Mashpee Commons which provided them the store) The center is: a showcase for student work (products made by students in wood, from a 3D Printer etc.) a community space, a spirit wear store (Falcons-themed shirts, hats, scarves, mugs, and T-shirts) and a place to volunteer in our schools. Students serve as interns in the store and give presentations.
Schools should take advantage of the expertise and experience people in their community possess.