Local businesses are partnering with individual Fargo Public schools through the “donation” of people resources to create a supportive and caring environment for students throughout the coming school year.
Definition: Adopt/uh-dopt/verb: 1) to choose or take as one’s own; 2) to take into a new relationship.
You can adopt (definition #1) a child into your family or adopt (definition #2) a highway as part of a community clean-up effort. You utilize both definitions when you adopt a school!
The Adopt-a-School Program, implemented in Fargo Public Schools (FPS) in 2002, partners individual schools with businesses or other community organizations to provide hands-on assistance to schools. Employees and other community volunteers help with reading programs, tutoring, mentoring, school events, after-school activities, career awareness presentations, field trips, and joint community projects.
An Adopt-A-School volunteer reads aloud to to a small group of students as part of a reading enrichment program.
Each partnership is unique and the program focus is on “people” resources rather than financial support. Every September, school and business planning teams discuss areas of need and determine which activities will take place throughout the school year.
The Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation manages the FPS Adopt-A-School Program. Last year they tallied participation by 275 volunteers from 20 Adopt-A-School partners.
Pictured (left to right) are members from Madison Elementary’s Adopt-A-School partner, South Point Kiwanis: members Margaret Mowery, Larry Rittgarn, and MaryAnn Berg, along with the young artist from Clara Barton-Hawthorne Elementary School whose artwork was selected for the 2014 Adopt-A-School thank you gifts, and Bobby Olson, Principal at Madison.
Many FPS elementary and middle schools have a partner for the 2014-15 school year (see list below). However, there are currently a few schools looking for a partner for the current school year. These include Kennedy at Eagles, Centennial, Lewis & Clark, and Longfellow Elementary Schools, and Ben Franklin Middle School.
If you have a friend working at a business or a community group that you think might make a great Adopt-a-School partner, please contact the FPS Development Foundation at 701.446.1041, email@example.com.
2014-15 Adopt-a-School Partnerships:
- Bennett and Microsoft
- Clara Barton and Dawson Insurance and Forum Communications
- Hawthorne Elementary and Park Company Realtors
- Horace/Mann Roosevelt and Sanford Health
- Kennedy Elementary and Costco
- Jefferson and City of Fargo
- Lincoln Elementary and Blue Cross Blue Shield/Noridian
- Madison Elementary and South Point Kiwanis, Magnum Ltd., and NDSU College of Pharmacy
- McKinley Elementary and Homewood Suites
- Washington Elementary and John Deere Electronic Solutions
- Carl Ben Eielson and Fargo/West Rotary Clubs and NDSU Planning for College Success Students
- Discovery Middle School and Courts Plus
- Woodrow Wilson High School and Wells Fargo Bank
- Prairie St. John’s and Sammons Financial Group
Thank you to these local business partners for their gift of time and caring relationships—that’s what being a FAMILY is all about, and when schools and businesses work together, it’s our students that benefit!