Florida Association of Partners 
in Education 
 January, 2018  Newsletter
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Calendar of Events and Programs
February -
21st-Noon to 12:30 PM FAPE Webinar - Running an Effective & Compliant Volunteer Screening Program 
To view past webinars: 
  • Go to flpie.net click on Resources scroll down to the Webinars to hear the recording 
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April  - 
Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month  

26th - Nominations are due for the " Community Engagement of Volunteers Award
Horace Mann is the generous Award Sponsor

May -                                  7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week
1st- Golden/Silver School Award Nominations Due
 - Five Star Award Nominations Due
As for my first message as your incoming FAPE President, I want to thank and acknowledge the FAPE Board Members who have served our organizations honorably and volunteered hours to help support the message of the Florida Association of Partners in Education.
I am not only honored and privileged to serve you as President but I am humbled too considering the many outstanding, inspiring, and tireless leaders.
I currently Manage Community Involvement for Seminole County Public Schools, in this role I have a wonderful opportunity to network and collaborate with community and business partners. I look forward to using those skills in building partnerships for FAPE. Over the summer, we had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the Florida PTA we look forward to growing this partnership. In addition to Florida PTA, we will continue our partnership with Horace Mann and in the near future offer additional trainings, and conferences with Florida Association of Senior Corp Directors and Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management.
This is an exciting time in Public Education; FAPE will continue to be your resource for information and guidance. Thank you for supporting FAPE!
Misa Mills
FAPE President  
Seminole County Public Schools Manager

Adele Graham Award 2017

District Volunteer Coordinator Presented With Adele Graham Award for Excellence in Promoting School Volunteerism

Debi Elfen, Volunteer Coordinator for the School District of Palm Beach County, received a welcome surprise while attending the Florida Association of Partners in Education (FAPE) fall leadership conference in Orlando.

Unbeknownst to her, but no surprise to her husband and two daughters who secretly traveled to Orlando for the occasion, Ms. Elfen was named the recipient of the 2017 Adele Graham Award for her efforts in promoting school volunteerism.

The award is named for Adele Graham, wife of former Florida Governor Bob Graham, who advocated the importance of having strong volunteer programs in all Florida schools.
It is presented annually to a District school volunteer coordinator who has mirrored Mrs. Graham's passion and leadership for school volunteer programs.

As the volunteer coordinator for the School District, Ms. Elfen manages the school volunteer program for 42,000 volunteers serving in Palm Beach County public schools.  She has worked for the District for more than 19 years in the Department of Communications and Engagement, has served as FAPE's Vice President of Business Partnerships and is currently the Regional Representative for Region 5.

"When they called my name as the winner, I was completely overwhelmed," Ms. Elfen said. "I have seen the caliber of awardees through the years and was honored that my peers felt that I was deserving to be among them. As I walked up, I saw that my husband and two daughters had taken off from work and driven to Orlando to share in the excitement. It meant the world to me. It's something I will treasure for the rest of my life."

As the 2017 Adele Graham Award winner, Ms. Elfen received a commemorative trophy and a $500 monetary prize. The Graham family sponsors the award package, continuing the family legacy of promoting school volunteerism.

Free FAPE Webinar   

FLDOE Fall Leadership 2017

On December 6-7, 2017, district volunteer and community involvement coordinators met at the Florida Department of Education's Fall Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Fall Leadership conference was held in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education's Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute. The Fall Leadership conference, which originated in 1975, has been providing training modules and materials for district coordinators for over three decades.
Approximately 30 coordinators attended the two-day training wherein a variety of guest speakers presented on a wide range of topics including Intergenerational Volunteers, Five Star Nomination Process Made Easy, Community Partnerships Made Easy, Teacher of the Year Program, wonderful keynote speakers and a FLDOE update on from Jacob Oliva, the K-12 Public Schools Executive Vice Chancellor. We hope to see you all next year.  
Misa Mills, FAPE President presents on Intergenerational Volunteers 
Bonita Hamilton & Kelly Zunkiewicz discuss the Florida Teacher of the Year Program 
More great workshops 

2017 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 winners (elementary, middle and high school will be invited to present the program at the leadership conference in the fall, and there will be a cash award $500.00 each to support their program. The award is sponsored by Horace Mann. Nominations are due April 26, 2018. The winner will be announced in the Fall of 2018.                

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