Florida Association of Partners 
in Education 
 February 2016 Newsletter
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Calendar of Events and Programs

29th - Engaging the New Millennium Parent -         
Dr. Valerie Brimm, Pinellas County Schools. Sponsored by the Florida Association of Partners in Education 
Sign up for this free webinar from Noon to 12:30 p.m.

20th FAPE - 
Award Sponsored by BB&T

April & May Webinars To be Announced

2-6 National Teacher Appreciation Week

Florida Chamber Foundation's Education & Philanthropy Summit

14-17 PTA Leadership Conference - Family 
& Community Involvement Award Presentation
Florida Association of Partners in Education Board Elections
FAPE members will be electing two new officers this  year:  treasurer and secretary. The FAPE board consists of a  president, president elect, vice president of business  partnerships, secretary, treasurer, immediate past  president and DOE representative.

 Officers will be elected for a two-year term, beginning  July 2016 through June 2018.  The Nominating  Committee, chaired by Michelle Roberge, submitted the  candidates listed below.  Members will receive online ballots, for the purpose of voting, thirty days following this announcement.

Candidates :
Treasurer:  Marilyn Parcels-Seay
Secretary:  Patricia May, Volunteer Coordinator, Martin County

We're taking nominations for those positions at this time. Please let us know if you know someone who would be interested in either position. 

March is FAPE Membership Month Madness!
We hope you will join FAPE or renew your membership. Current memberships expire March 31st. Joining in March will give you a full year's membership. Being a member of FAPE provides real change, relationships, recognition, rise to leadership and resources. Join or renew at www.flpie.net.

As a member you can expect:
  • Participation in Florida's premier professional organization for school and community involvement coordinators, business partners, educational institutions, and mentoring organizations.
  • Regional Drive-In Workshops.
  • Opportunities to network and share resources with creative volunteer and partnership coordinators.
  • A dedicated team that will listen to your needs and connect you with school districts or other opportunities and strategies.
  • Regional Representatives willing and able to answer your questions.
  • Free webinar and resources from trusted leaders
FAPE has devoted over 40 years to networking local school districts in the pursuit of successful practices that promote public engagement in education. We hope you will consider joining or renewing your membership. Please go to: www.flpie.net

Florida Association of Partners in Education Community Engagement Volunteer Award 
Florida Association of Partners in Education Community Engagement Volunteer Award. The award will promote and recognize an innovative program that increases the engagement of community volunteers. Volunteer coordinators across the state will submit their best community engagement volunteer programs. The winner will be invited to present the program at the leadership conference in the fall, and there will be a cash award to support their program. The $500.00 award is sponsored by BB&T. Nominations are due April 20, 2016. The winner will be announced in the Fall of 2016.

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Keep Smiling!
Michelle Roberge, 
Florida Association Partners in Education, President
District Volunteer Coordinator, Pinellas County Schools

February is 
National Volunteer Month
It is important to honor the people who have dedicated themselves to taking action and solving problems in our community and schools.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 63 million people volunteered at least once between 2014 and 2015. Collectively dedicating over 8 billion hours to a wide variety of organizations.
For more volunteer resources visit www.flpie.net
Florida Outstanding School Volunteers

The State of Florida and our members recognize the contribution volunteers have on the academic achievement of students and their assistance in helping schools create positive learning environments. Their commitment to serving as school volunteers has made a significant difference in the lives of many children in our state.

Research show that school volunteers play an integral role in enhancing student achievement and school improvement. The Florida Department of Education and FAPE is committed to supporting the continued success of Florida's students by encouraging volunteerism. In the 2014-2015 school year, over 562,000 volunteers contributed more than 15 million hours mobilizing community resources to support schools as well as mentoring and tutoring students. Click on the link to   Read More about the State winners and their contribution to student academic achievement. 

Again, thank you and congratulations to all the volunteers in our State!
Local Elementary School Teacher Credited For Program That Helps Seniors & Kids
Charlie and Molly
 Charlie Brooks was a Senior Buddy at Sunrise  Park Elementary School. He forged an  incredible relationship with many students,  especially a student named Molly. Charlie  started volunteering at 98 years old and came  to classrooms weekly until he was 100. Finally,  when it was too difficult for him to volunteer weekly, he had another Senior Buddy, Connie Pacman, drive him to school on occasion to visit the students and Molly. He told Molly "keep reading, be nice to all your friends, and one day you may even be President!" Every week Molly would look forward to Charlie's visits. Read More