Community Engagement:  Schools and Community...Together is Better!
Debra Falkenberg, Part-Time Coordinator ~ (804) 693-2540 ext 7

~~What is Community Engagement?~~

Community Engagement is a belief that learning is a lifelong process, that citizens have a right and a responsibility to be involved in decisions that affect their communities, that school facilities should be used as a learning center for all community members, that interagency cooperation and coordination avoids costly duplication of services, and that everyone should be involved in the engagement of the entire community.

The Gloucester Community Engagement Department provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of the community and schools. Listed below are some of the many services the Community Engagement Coordinators provide:

  • Oversees the school’s volunteer programs

  • Publishes the school’s newsletters

  • Coordinates media coverage for special events

  • Supervises the use of school facilities during after-school hours

  • Facilitates the use of community resources through classroom speakers, outreaches
    and study trips

  • Attends community involvement meetings

  • Conducts needs assessments and surveys

  • Offers informational forums on local issues

  • Coordinates and/or assists with major school events

  • Serves as a liaison on the PTA Executive Board

    The Community Engagement Coordinator is a county employee with an office located in each of the schools. 

~~Use of Community Resources~~

The Community Engagement Coordinator assists school staff in identifying, scheduling, and coordinating a variety of guest speakers and outreaches, which are often inexpensive resources, which do not take students out of the classroom.  Guest speakers and outreaches are great ways for community members to become involved!

~~School and Community Information~~

~~Volunteer in Middle School? Yes!~~

Volunteers are crucial to our school's success; studies have
shown that children do better in school when their parents and
community members are involved.

Volunteers gain valuable experience and personal contacts,
make new friends, develop new skills, contribute to the
community, and enrich the lives of our Page students.

The Community Engagement Coordinator follows specific guidelines for the appropriate placement of volunteers.  Before any volunteer is placed in a classroom or resource area, they must attend an orientation with the Community Engagement Coordinator and complete necessary paperwork, including criminal background checks.

Please contact Debra Falkenberg,
Page Community Engagement Coordinator
at (804) 693-2540 ext 7 for more information.

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