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Adopt-A-School
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“Have you ever wanted to do something that would make a significant difference—something that would help people not for only a few days or weeks, but would last forever? There is a way, and it begins by adopting a school,” said Joni Elms, community relations director for Gilmer ISD.

She said that Gilmer ISD will launch its Adopt-A-School program “to provide our schools, businesses, and individuals the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships that serve and support students. 

“We need your unique talent to give our kids the additional support and resources they need to be successful students and future workers in the business world,” she said.

This program provides the business community, individuals, and the schools an opportunity to produce educated citizens that contribute to the economic and social health of the community, Mrs. Elms added. 

“Part of the future Texas workforce is sitting in Gilmer ISD’s classrooms,” said Supt. Rick Albritton. “Gilmer ISD invites you to become our partner in education. Whether you represent a corporation, small business, civic group, church, or if you just want to donate some personal time, you can help us provide a quality education for more than 2,000 students.”

The mission of the Adopt-A-School program is to create school and community partnerships that positively impact student achievement, Albritton said.

“Your organization can adopt a classroom, a campus, or you can become a district adopter and work with multiple campuses or even the entire district,” he said.

These school partnerships can provide volunteers, funding, equipment, materials, and/or assistance with special needs.

“We need your unique talent to give our kids the additional support and resources they need to be successful students and future workers in the business world,” Albritton said. 

“This program provides the business community, individuals, and the schools an opportunity to produce educated citizens that contribute to the economic and social health of the community. These school partnerships can provide volunteers, funding, equipment, materials, and/or assistance with special needs.

“We will work to match the school’s needs with the organization’s resources,” he said. A few suggestions he made include:

• Guest speakers

• Educational tours or field trips

• Incentive awards for student achievement

• Teacher discounts, rewards

“Business-School Partnerships are designed to provide a direct link between the work world and the classroom. A partnership is created when a business and a school (or a grade/class within a school) agree to work together on projects and activities that enhance the quality of education for students while improving skills critical to success in the workplace,” Albritton said. “

Business-School Partnerships promote cooperation and encourage the exchange of expertise, resources and services.”

If you know of a classroom or campus you would like to adopt or are willing to adopt a class or campus of the administration’s choosing, contact Bobby Rice at 903-841-7810 or by e-mail at riceb@gilmerisd.org

“We know it will benefit our students, teachers, and you.  At the end of the school year, we will host an appreciation dinner for you and get your pictures in The Gilmer Mirror, “Mrs. Elms promised.

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