Because of the nature of cooperative schools, it stands to reason that all of our schools probably experience a high level of parent involvement. However, in recent years, we've heard reports of just the opposite from many schools: volunteerism is low and schools are seeking ways to encourage parents to become more involved in school and more connected to the community.
In response, PCPI created the Cooperative Spirit Grant with the hope that it will foster excitement and involvement among
parents in member schools by giving them the opportunity and the means to undertake a large project that will c
reate a lasting legacy for their school and their community.
Examples could be painting an outdoor mural, building a play structure, or creating a community garden. Project possibilities are unlimited!
While the details are still in the works, it's a good time to start brainstorming. As a guide, proposals should:
- have an element that provides long term benefit to your cooperative school
- set an example that could be replicated in other communities as a way to promote cooperative spirit
- describe a dream, or goal, presented as a plan of action that can be implemented by parents and that includes community connections
- include a budget
The Cooperative Spirit Grant Committee is currently working through the logistics to make the grant a reality. Look for more information and an application form in the fall mailing.