At a time of tight budgets and increased accountability, Community Schools deliver increased student achievement, civic engagement and healthier families. Schools work smarter when they partner with families and communities to focus on student success.

“The beauty of the community schools model is that we provide services to the entire family,” said Mary Parella, Director, Pawtucket Schools Child Opportunity Zone (COZ). “By integrating services to support children and families we’re able to meet the needs of the families so that kids come to school ready to learn and leave school ready to be engaged citizens. To implement this model, we provide programs such as after school and summer enrichment activities, adult literacy, job training, and outreach and referral services.”

Since 1994, the COZ Community School Network operating in ten school districts across Rhode Island have reached their goals by integrating education, health and social services, ensuring that children come to school ready to learn and graduate as fully engaged active citizens. Community schools get results by partnering with resources outside the classroom walls.

In Pawtucket, one of those community partners is the GAMM Theatre.

“We work with the schools to build literacy skills through theatre work, ” said Steve Kidd, Education Director at the GAMM. “Our plays enrich the learning experience.”

In community schools, before-and after-school programs build on classroom experiences, help students expand their horizons, and contribute to their communities. Family support centers with health, education and social services are readily available. Parents and community residents participate in adult education and job training programs, and use the school as a place for community engagement.

On June 4, 2013, the Pawtucket COZ showcases an array of these vital educational programs.

WHO: Pawtucket COZ, Mary Parella, Director. Contact: 401.729-6293, 401.297.1278

WHAT: * GAMM Theater play for 1st and 2nd graders (4:30p)

* Fashion Design Club with Sharon Cole of Shaco Couture (4:30p)

Designs presented by Slater Junior High students

* Adult literacy (ESL and GED) culminating ceremonies (6:45p)

WHERE: Cunningham School, 40 Baldwin Street, Pawtucket

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 2013,beginning at 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Additional programs throughout the state include:

In Bristol-Warren:

WHO: Bristol-Warren COZ, Patricia Brissette, Director. Contact: 401. 245.3307

WHAT: After-School Program planting the COZ summer garden at Hugh Cole Elementary School on Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, with Ginny DePasquale, Chief Gardener.

Parents As Teachers (PAT) Playgroup Field Trip, Friday, June 7, at Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol, with Emily Spence, PAT Manager. The Early Intervention and Head Start program provides various supports for families with young children.

WHERE: Hugh Cole Elementary School, 50 Asylum Road, Warren. Summer garden planting.

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol. PAT Field Trip.

WHEN: Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m.

In Cranston:

WHO: Cranston Family Center, Grace Swinski, Project Manager. Contact: 401.270.8078

WHAT: Dig Into Reading

Summer reading program partnership with the Cranston Public Library, Cranston Public Schools Library Media Department and the Cranston Family Center.

WHERE: Cranston High School East, Park Avenue, Cranston

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

In Newport:

WHO: Newport Family & Child Opportunity Zone, Christine Arouth, Director. Contact: 401. 845-8579 x23

WHAT: Showcase events at each of the elementary school CLC sites.

WHERE: Sullivan School at Triplett, 437 Broadway, Newport

Cranston-Calvert School, 15 Cranston Avenue, Newport

Underwood School, 90 Harrison Avenue, Newport

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.

In Westerly:

WHO: Tower Street School Community Center, Joan Serra, Director. Contact: 401.348.2790

WHAT: Gardening, Stepping Up Healthcare training program graduation.

Early childhood, high school age and out-of school time programs.

Adult Education (GED preparation and English for Speakers of Other Languages).

WHERE: Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower Street, Westerly

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – noon, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Rhode Island Partnership for Community Schools is to mobilize the resources and capacity of multiple sectors and institutions in Rhode Island to promote and advocate for community schools. The Partnership will insure that the implementation of this comprehensive approach receives guidance and support to build capacity in communities throughout the state.

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