Helen Carter, Executive Director of the Knoxville Board of Realtors, presents a check for $5,000 to Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre at the Partners In Education program's annual Kick Off Breakfast at the University of Tennessee Medical Wednesday, August 25. The Board of Realtors help sponsor the Barney Thompson Scholarship at each of the county's high schools.
The Partners In Education program is designed to create a close, working relationship between a community organization and a school or specific program within the Knox County School System. The purpose of this program is to enrich and expand the educational opportunities of Knox County students, while fostering a deeper understanding of the school system within the community.
Through the establishment of personal relationships between community leaders and educators, the goal of Partners in Education is to create a spirit of involvement that has a positive impact on Knox County. This involvement helps develop the local school environment into a powerful educational setting where community members are working actively with students.
Partners in Education encourages community leaders to take a greater interest in the Knox County School System. This program opens school doors to the community while providing an opportunity to better prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing world.
The Knox County School System seeks to partner with organizations that have a desire to contribute to the education of the 55,000 students across the district. Some areas of the community that are already participating include: businesses (both local and national), civic clubs, government agencies (federal, state and local), professional organizations, churches, organizations at colleges and universities and nonprofit agencies.
|Knox County Schools Partners In Education program officially kicked off the 2010-11 school year at the annual PIE breakfast held at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Each school and business partner had a representative at the kickoff event.
Several business partners made special presentations at the kickoff event. The Knoxville Board of Realtors presented a check for $5,000 to fund activities of the Partners In Education Advisory Board for the current school year.
The YMCA is a partner with ten schools in which programs are tailored around the school system's curriculum and goals and are designed to help meet the after school needs of students and parents. The YMCA has also donated thousands of dollars in fitness equipment to middle schools across Knox County in the past year.
The Junior League of Knoxville in cooperation with Belk continues its mini-grant program for teachers. In addition, the Junior League is working with the Knoxville Coalition on Childhood Obesity in funding wellness grants for Knox County Schools and other community organizations.
The Knoxville Chamber is aiding in the "Expect More, Achieve More" promotional campaign to make parents aware of the new state standards.
The program also highlighted the many activities of the Partners In Education. These include the annual Knox County Schools Coupon Book sales which begins September 23 and continues through October 8, the annual "Run for the Schools", and Principal for a Day event.
Partners making special presentations at the Kickoff breakfast
President and CEO
YMCA of East Tennessee
Junior League of Knoxville
TVA Employees Credit Union
Run for the Schools
Knoxville Area Chamber