The Master Partnership program was developed and designed to partner local businesses and industries with Greeneville City Schools and Greene County Schools. Contracts between schools and businesses are as varied as the needs of students and the interests of businesses in the community. The necessary ingredients of a good partnership are a genuine concern for the education of children and an interest in creating a cooperative union in which both the children and the business benefit. Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than 200 partnership contracts have been signed.
What Can Partners Do For Schools?
- Provide curriculum support materials, incentive awards, support for math, science, computer education and technology, release time for employees to tutor students, display space for student work or notices of school events, tours of the business facilities, incentives to identified potential “at risk” students to encourage their graduation, support for substance abuse educational program(s), shadowing opportunities for students, teachers and administrators, an award for Teacher of the Year for any outstanding teacher, seminars for students, faculty and/or parents on employability skills, space in business publications to highlight partnership activities, part-time, summer or post-graduation employment to students.
- Recognize students who have made an improvement in academic achievement, attendance and/or behavior and students who enroll in honors or advanced placement classes.
- Sponsor educational field trips, reading incentive programs, an art contest, or co-sponsor joint beautification projects.
- Donate used equipment or materials, tickets to cultural or other appropriate events, or monies for new or updated equipment.
- Serve as judges for various competitive events, guest speakers, and participate in career days.
- Adopt an Academic Scholar Program.
- Host meetings for the school.
- Purchase an ad in the school's publication(s).
What Can Schools Do For Their Partners?
- Always remember to thank their partners....personal notes from students are highly effective!
- Establish a liaison at the school to channel all ideas and coordinate activities.
- Provide visibility by submitting partnership information to be used in press releases and school publicity, space in the school to highlight partnership activities, choral or musical performances for special occasions or receptions, decorations such as centerpieces or signs for partner functions and meetings, art work for display at the business, a referral system for prospective employees, a tour of the school and explanation of curriculum.
- Invite their partners to "shadow" teachers or administrators, serve on advisory committees and task forces, participate in community projects with their schools, and have breakfast or coffee with the principal or a teacher and a tour of a few classrooms.
- Initiate a student "Partners Club" or have the Student Council assist with planning partnership activities.
- Sponsor a logo contest to design a logo for partnership activities or a "Battle of Partners" contest involving softball games, races, or other competitive activities.
- Obtain birthdays of employees and have students send birthday cards or send baked goods on special occasions.
- If applicable, have students submit designs that will be chosen by the partner for holiday cards/publications.
- Give an update on partnership activities at PTA/PTSA meetings.
- Put partners on the mailing lists – communicate! Share school and student success with partners, particularly where the partners have been involved, and make sure to share monthly activity calendars with them.
For more information or to set up a Master Partnership, contact Dana Wilds at 638-4111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.