Florida Association of  
Partners in Education 
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   President's Message!
Greetings Volunteer Coordinators and Business Partners Coordinators ,
I hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. I know this time of year is typically incredibly busy with events; however, things here, as I am sure for many of you as well, are changing on a daily basis it seems. Communications with businesses and volunteers is key, even if we are keeping most of them at a remote distance for the time being. There will be an eventual return to normal even if the normal is a bit overhauled.
I wanted to take a few lines to introduce myself to you officially. I am the Manager over Partners in Education for Orange County Public Schools. This is my 4th year at the district office and 19th year in education. The first 15 years I was an elementary school teacher; my entire career was with Title I schools. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and my Masters is from IWU. In my non-work life, I am a proud military kid "brat", and grew up moving around the US and Germany. In downtime, I visit Disney, explore state parks, enjoy photography and spend time with nieces and nephews.
Horace Mann is sponsoring the Community Engagement of Volunteers Award at the Fall Leadership conference in November. More details below. Due Date will be August  28th. 
We have a position that is open: Ex-Officio, this is someone who assists in planning of events and activities; it is not a position with full responsibilities like the board members. This is a great way to be involved. If you are interested, please let me know.
We want to hear from you! There are several ways to do that: connect with your regional representative, follow us on Facebook, or submit and share the great things happening in your district for submission in the newsletter! One of the meaningful ways to keep up-to-date is to join FAPE; information on how to join is included in this edition of the newsletter. Joining now will include the entire 2020-21 school year; the membership will not expire until May of 2021. You are able to sign up through September 2020.
Stay Well 
Until Next Time,
Kathleen Wright
President, Florida Association Partners in Education
Manager, Partners in Education, Orange County Public Schools
We would like to introduce you to our FAPE Board and Regional Representatives.
Kathleen Wright
Orange County Public Schools
Manager,  Partners in Education

President Elect
Debra Blossom
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Assistant Department Manager
Volunteer Services Administration Division

Nancy H. Wait
Volusia County Schools
Facilitator, Volunteer/Partnership Programs

Marilyn Seay
Regional Reps
Region 1
Kelli Walker
Leon County School
Volunteer Office
Region 2
Liz Stark
Alachua County Public Schools
Volunteer Coordinator
Region 3
Robin Davis
Osceola County School District
District Volunteer Liaison Specialist
Region 4
Michelle Roberge
Pinellas County Schools
District Volunteer Coordinator
Office of Strategic Partnerships
Region 5
Stacey Oak
Palm Beach Schools
District Volunteer Program Coordinator 
DOE Liaison 
Bonita Hampton
Director, Family & Community Engagement
Florida Department of Education
FLDOE Liaison 
Cindy Huffman
Educational Consultant,  Family and Community Engagement
Florida Department of Education
Past President  
Misa Miller
Seminole County Public Schools
Community Involvement/Public Information
Dividends/RSVP Programs
We invite you to renew or join FAPE for the 2019-21 school years! FAPE is your professional organization that promotes community involvement in public education throughout Florida. Membership provides you with opportunities to network and share resources with creative volunteer and partnership professionals.

Benefits of FAPE Membership:
  • Free Business Partnership & Volunteer Program Webinars
  • Statewide Community & Business Networking
  • Community Engagement Volunteer Award - $500
  • Adele Graham Volunteer Coordinator Award - $500
  • FAPE Academy-Online Training
  • FAPE Newsletter
Membership Levels
  • Individual Membership - $25
  • Institutional Membership (10 members) - $200
Business Partners
  • Platinum - $2,000 - Awards, present awards, newsletter, webpage logo, spotlight in newsletter, contacts
  • Gold - $1000 - Award, Newsletter, webpage logo, spotlight in newsletter, contacts
  • Silver - $500 - Newsletter, webpage logo, contacts
Click here to join today!!! FAPE Membership Form

 Florida Association of Partners in Education
2020 Community Engagement of Volunteers Award 

The FAPE Community Engagement of Volunteers Award will promote and recognize innovative programs that increase the engagement of community volunteers in our schools. Volunteer coordinators across the state will submit their best community engagement volunteer programs. One winner from elementary and one from secondary will be invited to present the program at the annual Fall Leadership conference in November. There will be a cash award of $500.00 to support each of the winning programs. The award is graciously sponsored by Horace Mann. Nominations are due August 28th, 2020.  

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The Outstanding School Volunteer Award

Congratulations to all of the 2019-20 state Outstanding School Volunteer Award winners! This award is presented to school volunteers who have exhibited exceptional commitment to enhancing quality instruction for Florida's K-12 students. See the winners at this link

If your recognition events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, please let us know if you have alternate plans to recognize your state winners and all of your winners. Please send your plans to starkef@gm.sbac.edu. Those ideas will be shared with district volunteer coordinators. We are all in the same boat in uncharted waters and would love to hear your ideas.

Free Resources for Families & Teachers

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, schools throughout Florida and the United States are on extended breaks in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Education has compiled a list of free resources, offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help school districts, colleges, educators and families ensure continuity of learning during this time. Resources

Congratulations to winners of the following 2019-2020 Family & Community Engagement programs:

How 30 Minutes a Week Can Change a Child's Life
Just the kind of story we need right now. Mentors and mentees are missing each other by now. Hopefully, they will be able to meet again soon. Both videos submitted by Michelle Roberge, District Volunteer Coordinator, from Pinellas County.
Best Practice Tip 
Many of your business partners have been forced to shut down or have limited access. If you have restaurant  partners that are participating in pick-up or delivery, now is a good time to give them a shout out. Show them your support during this difficult time.   

Submitted by:

Kathleen Wright
Manager, Partners in Education
FAPE -President