Schools, families, businesses and community groups are key allies in the effort to improve schools and enhance student opportunities for achievement and success. Join-a-School has partnered schools with business and community groups since 1984.
The APS Education Foundation/Join-a-School Program has over 200 business and community groups partnering with individual/multiple schools or the district at large. In addition, JAS:
- serves as a conduit for community resources coming in to APS,
- helps facilitate the initial school/business connection when possible,
- works with business and community groups on all options for partnering, including direct financial support, in-kind resources, and volunteer time,
- fosters reciprocity, which requires recognition and appreciation for the business or community group from school partners and/or APS.
Partnerships are unique and support academic achievement, school improvement, career awareness, the school EPSS (Educational Plan for Student Success) and Common Core Standards, student and staff recognition, and other mutually developed goals.
Examples of specific partnership activities:
Assistance League of ABQ, an all volunteer non profit, raises money to provide uniform wardrobes to students in standardized dress schools whose families cannot afford the cost. Over 3500 students have been clothed this year alone, and the program started 12 years ago.
The ABQ FBI hosts DNHS students in a new forensics class for a hands on presentation about processing a crime scene. They are now offering speakers to other schools on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Albuquerque Isotopes send mascot Orbit to numerous functions to support literacy and staying in school.
UNM Athletics works with APS on a school supply drive each year and offers tickets to schools for student rewards.
Ethicon Endosurgery continues as a JAS partner to East San Jose ES for 27 years, through many changes, and most recently helped facilitate the Science Oasis Outdoor Classroom.
Wagner Equipment has partnered for over 12 years with Eldorado HS with a focus on career awareness and workplace competencies.
St. John's United Methodist Church welcomes teachers at partner Zuni ES back each August with a special meal or event, in addition to lots of other support.
Albuquerque Publishing Company and Newspapers in Education offer free newspapers and resources to classroom teachers.
Dions, Wecks, Applebee's, Golden Corral and other restaurant partners provide staff appreciation and student incentives.
NM Educators Federal Credit Union, Bank of Albuquerque, and Wells Fargo support classroom teacher grants and financial literacy in the classroom.
Fidelity Investments employees beautify the Ernie Pyle Middle School campus each year and cover college and career field trip fees for some Title I middle schools teachers.
Employees of health/medical groups like Presbyterian, Lovelace and ABQ Health Partners speak to student, parents and staff on medical and wellness issues.
Museums and non-profit partners like Albuquerque Museum, NM Museum of Natural History and Science, AAA International Balloon Museum, Rio Grande Community Farm, and the NM Human Rights Project offer curriculum enhancement in a variety of areas.
City of Albuquerque agencies like Open Space Division, Botanical Park and Zoo, and the Water Utility Authority offer educational programs that augment classroom learning.
PNM and Bank of Albuquerque donate funds to improve elementary school libraries.
Bravo Cucina Italiana, Elephant Bar, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Jason's Deli, Hinkle Family Fun Center and many others offer prizes or gift cards for events that support teachers and APS.
Whole foods stores direct Community Day proceeds to schools for special student-focused initiatives like the Valley HS Freshmen Small Learning Community. They also host field trips focusing on nutrition and wellness.
Sandia National Laboratories/Lockheed Martin offers a variety of supports and programs in science, careers (School to World), and professional development for teachers, just to name a few. School supplies are also collected each summer to support the APS School Supply Drive. Cabot Superior Micropowders and other businesses also conduct school supply drives to help students whose families cannot afford the cost.
If your business or organization is interested in partnering with a school or the entire district, contact Lauren Joule, Partnerships Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 855-5274. Education - it's everybody's business!