Below are some key components to developing a reciprocal relationship with your organization's school.
Clear communication strategy:
- Designate an accessible Program Coordinator
- Have you identified one main contact person for all The Sheridan Story communication? Having one person to sort through questions or requests is helpful because then the school can always know whom to contact.
- This point person can see it as their role to be knowledgeable who is available to serve, or ways of recruiting volunteers.
- Check in with your School twice a year
- Sometimes it’s just helpful to see how everyone is doing. Evaluate communication and see if there is a way your organization may be able to get more involved. The school may just not know how exactly to approach your organization to request additional support. These regular meetings build momentum and morale.
- The Sheridan Story program isn’t just about feeding kids, its about connecting disconnected communities.
- Ideas of ways to be more involved with the School
- Volunteer to tutor during the school day.
- Assist in helping to serve breakfast.
- Act as a lunchroom or playground monitor.
- Provide reading assistance in the school's library.
- Help assist coaches and gym teachers with sports and fitness programs.
Community Partnership Cycle:
Learn // Listen
- Ask questions rather than trying to give answers.
- Attend / volunteer at school events.
- Set up a one on one meeting with the school (liaison/point person).
- Ask if there is a Site Council or PTO you are able to join.
Encourage // Empower
- What are the school's strengths / challenges? How might you be able to encourage them in their strengths?
- What are the goals of the school? How might you encourage them in their goals/mission?
- Who can be encouraged? Teachers, Administration, Children etc.
- How can your presence in the school be encouraging rather than frustrating?
Serve // Support
- How are you being invited to serve the school?
- How can the school serve you?
- In what ways is the school asking for support?
- How can you serve and support them in a sustainable way?