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IAHA 2017 Outstanding Achievement of Creativity Award goes to....Freeport Housing Authority

IAHA 2017 AWARDS APPLICATION FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF CREATIVITY AWARD

1.SUMMARY OF PROGRAM: In no more than 100 words, describe the program or agency, the accomplishments and how it contributed to the success of the agency.

The Office of Parent Engagement is a new program to encourage parent involvement in their child(ren)’s education, as well as their own personal development.In hearing concerns through the community, the Office of Parent Engagement provides a neutral meeting place for students, parents, teachers and school administrators.The Office will cause increased parent engagement, improve student education success, and increase community awareness of the need for parent engagement.

2.DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM: Provide a description of the program including its objectives, the clientele being served, the agency’s role, and the contribution, if any, of other partners.

Throughout conversations and interactions in the Freeport community, parent engagement is areoccurring concern.Too often schools/teachers are blamed for not doing enough for education success but it is truly a joint effort of parents and teachers.Parent engagement is at an all-time low.Parents were expressing concern of feeling uncomfortable coming to the school for meetings.

The Office of Parent Engagement was created to galvanize and encourage parents to be more involved with and take ownership of their child(ren)’s education, as well as personal development.The Office of Parent Engagement is serving the local community, most specifically the Freeport School District #145 that serves approximately4,200students.The Office of Parent Engagement is located in one of Freeport Housing Authority’s community building; The Office will be open four hours a day, four days a week.The space includes four office desks and chairs with laptops; these items and an outside sign were donated from a Freeport Community Foundation.The Freeport Housing Authority will provide the office space at no cost with internet accessibility.The computers will have Microsoft programs and internet to allow students to use the computers to complete homework and parents may use them to communicate with teachers/school administration and check grades, etc.

3.THE RESULTS OR SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM: Provide a description of success of the program.

The results of the Office of Parent Engagement is that it addressed the concern and met the desired outcome, per the principals, teachers and parents, of having a meeting space that is not on the terms of the school.TheOffice of Parent Engagement creates and fosters parent and student engagement, academics, health and workforce needs.The Office of Parent Engagement encourages parents to be more involved and take ownership of their children’s activities, as well as their own personal development.We believe increased parent engagement will improvechild(ren)’s education success and improve community awareness of the need.

4.WORTHINESS FOR AN AWARD: Describe why this program or agency is worthy of an award.

The Office of Parent Engagement provides a neutral meeting place for parents to meet with each other or with educators.The Freeport Housing Authority is worthy of an award for focusing on a community need to bring awareness to and promote parent engagement.This really is about doing what is best for the future leaders of ourcommunity.This is yet another effort of Freeport Housing Authority improving client services by investing in the residents, both adults and youth, to be self-sufficient and successful in their lives!

 

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