Friends of Educational Excellence Newsletter - December 2011

Happy Holidays!

Please remember to support Friends of Educational Excellence during this season of giving!

We’re working hard to finish the year on a very positive note for Friends of Educational Excellence (FREE) Partnerships.  It’s been a wonderful year with great progress on many fronts:

  • We formed 3 more FREE school partnerships and now support 10 Rochester city elementary schools (Sch. 7, 10, 12, 15, 20, 22, 34, 39, 50, and 52)
  • Recruited over 100 volunteers and now have 330 volunteers working with kids
  • Launched online volunteer training webinars to make our tutoring more effective
  • Expanded beyond tutoring to begin mentoring so kids see the value in education

In 2012, Friends of Educational Excellence will provide even more support for teachers and students.  The theme for next year is:  “Make It Happen!”  Our goals include:

  • Forging FREE school partnerships with 5 additional schools
  • Recruiting 350 additional volunteers to support hundreds more RCSD students

Friends of Educational Excellence needs your support to “Make It Happen!” 

Please make a year-end tax deductible donation to Friends of Educational Excellence to support Rochester teachers and students.  Every donation, no matter what size, is a blessing for teachers and students.

You can donate online via PayPal on our website using this link:

http://www.freepartnerships.org/sponsor.php

You can also send us a check made out to:  Friends of Educational Excellence

Friends of Educational Excellence
c/o Bruce Pollock, Executive Director
304 Thornell Road
Pittsford, NY  14534

Let’s hear what some of the Friends of Educational Excellence principals have to say this Holiday Season.

Denise RaineyDenise Rainey, Principal School 52      

Q1.  Are you pleased with how your FREE partnership is supporting your school?

A1.  We are delighted with how our partnership is going.  It makes so much sense to have a “centrally coordinated” data base for the number of volunteers that come into our school.  I also appreciate the support that FREE has given to training volunteers and to being the initial contact for questions, concerns, changes in assignments, etc.

Q2.  Are you pleased with how volunteers are supporting your teachers?

A2.  Our volunteers have established solid relationships with our teachers.  They are responsive to what teachers ask of them, and a number of them ask to remain assigned to the same teacher from one school year to the next.  

Q3. Are you pleased with how volunteers are supporting your students?

A3.  Our volunteers work with students according to their personal expertise and training that we have provided.  It is very impressive to see them get into the flow of materials and activities that address individually identified student needs.

Q4. How could your FREE school partnership support your school even better?

A4.  I can’t think off hand of anything more needed, but as little things or questions do come up, we address them at our monthly Partnership Committee meetings.  This is an invaluable forum for keeping abreast of what the partnership looks like from both sides, and for raising the question of what else needs to be done or done differently.

Tim MainsTim Mains, Principal School 50     

Q1.  Are you pleased with how your FREE partnership is supporting your school?

A1.  Yes.  Our partnership coordinators are very capable and committed.   I used to know all the volunteers in the building but we have so many now I don’t know them all.  Fortunately, our partnership coordinators keep track of all the volunteers.

Q2.  Are you pleased with how volunteers are supporting your teachers?

A2.  We have more volunteers than ever before.  They all report that things are going well.  My teachers have gotten better using folders that contain materials for volunteers so their activities support teacher requirements and focus on the most effective activities to support student learning.  

Q3. Are you pleased with how volunteers are supporting your students?

A3.  In December we had 44 volunteers providing 170 hours of support for students each week.  Having these volunteer resources has allowed us to support more students.  School 50 is undergoing renovations next year to become a K-8 school. When we relocate to our temporary school home for the 2012-2013 school year, we will certainly take our volunteers with us to continue supporting our students.  

Q4. How could your FREE school partnership support your school even better?

A4.  Our teachers will continue to learn how to best guide volunteer activities so students are supported in the best way.  I can see this is a process and my teachers are getting better at it every day.  As our FREE school partnership demonstrates value to teachers, they will embrace this support model more and more.

With your support, Friends of Educational Excellence will continue to “Make It Happen!” for principals, teachers, and students in 2012. 

Please make a year-end tax deductible donation so Friends of Educational Excellence can continue to support Rochester teachers and students.  Every donation, no matter what size, is a blessing for teachers and students.

You can donate online via PayPal on our website using this link:

http://www.freepartnerships.org/sponsor.php

You can also send us a check made out to:  Friends of Educational Excellence

Friends of Educational Excellence
c/o Bruce Pollock, Executive Director
304 Thornell Road
Pittsford, NY  14534 

Happy Holidays and may you and your family have a Blessed New Year!

Bruce PollockPeace,
Bruce Pollock
Executive Director      
Friends of Educational Excellence