The National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), established at
Johns Hopkins University in 1996, rallies schools and community members
to team up and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain
excellent programs of family and community involvement. And one thing
that Castlio Elementary, part of the Francis Howell School District,
does extremely well is reaching out to its community. Their recent
Health and Wellness Fair modeled for the nation one way a school like
Castlio can support the people who live around them, earning them
recognition in NNPS’s newsletter, which is distributed nationally.
school’s principal, Dr. Bridgett Niedringhaus, explained the event,
“The Castlio Health and Wellness Fair is an event that has been taking
place for several years in the month of February. Parents and students
had the opportunity to check out resources on health, fitness,
nutrition, safety and many other topics. Activities were provided by
several local organizations. For example, there were members of the
Ambush professional soccer team present to promote physical fitness,
members of a local support network with service dogs, (FHSD Food
Services provider) Sodexo shared nutritional information, and much
Type 2, the semiannual newsletter of the NNPS, shares
examples of featured practices of school, family, and community
partnerships, solutions to challenges, and guidelines for continuous
improvement in program development. Named for one of the Six Types of Involvement, that guide the work of members in NNPS, this newsletter is
one way that NNPS communicates with members. And Castlio’s Wellness Fair
is used as an example of how to engage parents and community partners
to improve student health and well-being.
strives to provide our families with a well-rounded menu of activities
to participate in throughout the school year,” Dr. Niedringhaus said.
“The Parent Involvement Team, though supporting a Health and Wellness
Fair, would further assist us in meeting the needs of the whole child.
We were honored to receive recognition for our efforts.”
it’s just another way Castlio will continue to support the community
that supports them. “Castlio is always looking for ways to reach out to
our community,” said Dr. Niedringhaus. “We have recently collected
responses on a parent survey that explores other topics that our
families have shown an interest in learning. We are offering trainings
geared specifically towards those needs.”
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about two other FHSD schools who were included in the nationally
published collection of NNPS Schools, Promising Partnership Practices.
Click here for a PDF version of this collection.