BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville Elementary and Pine Grove Elementary have received the Five Star School Award from the Florida Department of Education.
The award was created by the Commissioner's Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.
In order to earn this recognition, a school must document that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the categories of business partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service and school advisory councils.
At Brooksville Elementary, Title 1 parent educator Amy Anderson compiled a portfolio for these areas. An example of a business partnership is the school's relationship with Coney Island Drive Inn and DQ Grill and Chill. Both restaurants hold fundraising nights for the school.
The school offers family outreach, sending teachers to two areas to visit parents who may not be able to get to the school. Volunteers are recognized with a breakfast every year. The school receives the Golden School Award every year for volunteers.
School advisory council members must hold eight meetings every year at 80 percent attendance. Council members are also offered training on such things as the Sunshine State Standards requirements and how to work with business partners/volunteers.
Pine Grove Elementary Title 1 parent educator Nancy Hurst said, "The Five Star School Award has always been a great opportunity for Pine Grove to showcase itself as a community involvement school."
"Our partners in education are fabulous to us, being true partners. Our SAC (school advisory council) is amazing, being one of the largest attended and member-wise. Family involvement is always encouraged both from home to school and from our faculty/staff to home and our student service is tremendous. This is what we are all about," she said.