The Partners In Education program formerly known as "Adopt-A-School," is a joint effort between the Tulsa Metro Chamber and Tulsa Public Schools. Established in 1983 as part of the National Association of Partners in Education, Tulsa’s chapter has brought thousands of volunteers into our schools. Nationwide, Partners in Education represents over 400,000 partnerships. Since its inception in 1983, Tulsa's Partners in Education program has benefited countless young people by bringing more volunteers and resources into the schools.
There are currently more than 520 partnerships - including area businesses, churches, and community organizations – supporting 84 schools and programs within Tulsa Public Schools.
The focus of this organization is to link children with community resources that help provide the knowledge and skills needed for future success. The Partners In Education program connects children and teachers with corporate, education, volunteer, government and civic leaders. These partnerships help educators improve the academic and personal growth of all children. Our mission is to unite businesses and the community with schools for the common goal of increasing the quality of education for all students in Tulsa Public Schools.
For more information about Partners in Education, call Heather Johnson, program manager, at email@example.com.
Big Brothers and Sisters. An in-depth mentoring program for men and women who desire to have an impact on a child in need of a positive, caring presence. Mentors are required to attend training sessions, commit to spending time with the child, and pass a background check. More information is available at www.bigbrothers-tulsa.org.
There are a number of ways in which partners are involved with the schools:
- Serving as volunteers by reading to students, mentoring during the lunch hour, or serving as guest speakers
- Donating school supplies
- Recognizing top-performers with victory parties and other incentive programs
- Sharing a company's technical expertise with a school
- Awarding attendance or good behavior in the classroom
- Hosting teacher appreciation lunches or providing teacher appreciation awards
- Catering PTA meetings to encourage parent participation
- Many, many other ways!
Penn's Public Relations Liaison Contact:Jamie McCracken