SASD Community Helping Hands Award
The Community Helping Hands Award recognizes a school district and their non-school community partner for their outstanding collaboration in implementing a successful program, project or activity that has generated significant local community involvement and positively impacted the education of children.
Parker School District – One Book, One Community, One School
Last spring the Parker School District developed a program called One Book, One Community, One School. The premise is to promote literacy throughout the district by everyone reading the same book at the same time. The program gave families and the entire community to do something together. The book that was selected for this project was “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamilo. The local PTA organization purchased a book for every family within the school district. They also purchased books for the assisted living community along with the local library and community groups that asked. Ultimately over 300 books were purchased! To kick off this program the author recorded a video for the school and also read the first chapter. The school included many local area celebrities to read and record chapters to post on the website. They developed a reading schedule for everyone in the community, and once or twice per week they would have discussion questions during the morning announcements that each class would then discuss. While reading the book together as a community, Parker celebrated with numerous activities. One of these projects was a beautification project with K-12 students to purchase and plan over 500 flowers on the school grounds.