Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Castle Hill Elementary School Garners State Honors for Top Parental Involvement Program

Student achievement bolstered by innovative program

Castle Hill Elementary School in Lauderhill, recently received state honors for its outstanding parent and family engagement program. Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett recognized Castle Hill’s Everyone Counts Family Program as one of the state’s most exemplary parental involvement programs on Saturday, July 13 at the Florida Parent Teacher (PTA) Association 2013 Leadership Conference in Palm Harbor. In all, 10 top parental programs were honored statewide.  

The Florida Department of Education Parental Involvement Recognition Program honors the programs that successfully engage parents in meaningful school-based programs.

“Parents are the foundation of their child’s learning, and I am honored to recognize Florida’s schools for engaging parents through these innovative programs,” said Commissioner Bennett. “We know that parents play a key role in our education system and Florida is fortunate to have a wide array of incredible programs that support student achievement.”

The program is made possible through a long-standing partnership with State Farm Insurance. Select schools are recognized for developing and supporting parent involvement initiatives in their school community. The awards provide an opportunity for schools to share successful ideas statewide and encourage replication of programs that promote all levels of parental participation in education.

District volunteer/family involvement directors submitted school award applications and nominations. Award-winning parent involvement programs represent various facets of family involvement such as learning at home, parenting, nurturing, volunteering and communicating with school policymakers and local advocates.

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