What is Adopt-A-School?
The Adopt-A-School program is an effective partnership between education and the business and private sectors of Peoria. The purpose of the program is to utilize the vast amounts of human resources and talents of our community to strengthen, enhance, and enrich the quality of education in the Peoria Public Schools.
Businesses and organizations may choose to participate in the program as an ADOPTER by partnering with a school, by sponsoring the overall program financially, by in-kind donations or by mentoring/tutoring.
When you participate in the Adopt-a-School program “YOU” teach, “YOU” mentor, “YOU” coach and “YOU” inspire every student. Yes, this is a community based program and you participate as a unit but your contribution to the program comes from within. The quality of your time greatly surpasses the quantity.
What do Adopters Do?
Adopt-A-School partners set realistic goals that are agreeable to all involved. The overall objectives of the partnership are flexible in order to utilize the resources of the adopter to meet the needs of the school, and each partnership is uniquely designed to bring about positive outcomes for all those involved.
Adopters initiate activities that encourage students and enrich their educational experiences. While developing strong person-to-person relationships, Adopt-A-School partners engage in a variety of projects.
Why Have An Adopt-A-School Program?
A strong public school system is basic to the health and growth of a community. Quality schools attract people to live in the area. The Adopt-A-School program strengthens and improves our schools, creates a climate of involvement and interaction between businesses/organizations and schools and involves the community in preparing for its own economic future. We are working to make a positive impact in our community.
Adopt-A-School is the commitment of time, energy, and expertise of a business or organization to an individual school. The overall objectives of each partnership are flexible and the relationships grow and flourish through a climate of active involvement and interaction between the school and the adopter.
Sarah Oakford, Adopt-A-School Coordinator