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Monday, July 20, 2009

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Honors Statewide Parent and Family Involvement Programs
~ Best practices for parental involvement recognized at conference ~

TARPON SPRINGS - The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) recognized exemplary parent programs from throughout the state last week during the PTA’s annual Leadership Conference in Tarpon Springs. Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith was on hand to highlight the extraordinary efforts of PTA members and to focus on the shared mission of Florida’s parents and educators to prepare Florida’s next generation of leaders. The Parent Involvement Awards program offers an opportunity to recognize and share successful programs and best practices that can be implemented around the state.

“The success of our education system is reliant on the caring, thoughtful parents who continue to make our schools and their children’s education a top priority,” said Commissioner Smith. “This year’s winning programs showcase the creativity and passion we all have for the continued success of our students both in and out of the classroom.

The Parent Involvement Awards program recognizes various categories of family involvement including learning at home, parenting/nurturing, volunteering, community collaboration, communicating with the school, and policy making and advocacy. The Florida Department of Education, Florida PTA, and business sponsor Washington Mutual/Chase acknowledged these winning programs during Saturday’s luncheon and workshop.

Following are the 2009 Parent Involvement Award winners:

Region I

  • Okaloosa County
    Elliott Point Elementary School
    Primary Reading Night
  • Leon County Belle Vue Middle School
    Individual Progress Overview & Dialogue IPOD

Region II

  • Nassau County
    Callahan Elementary School
    Take the “Grueling” Out of Schooling: “F-R-I-G-H-T” Night!
  • Duval County
    A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology
    The Randolph’s Women’s Group

Region III

  • Volusia County
    Read-Pattillo Elementary school
    Back to Basics
  • Brevard County Space Coast Jr/Sr High School
    Space Coast Academies: STEAM and ATEPS

Region IV

  • Polk County
    Garner Elementary
    “Si Se Puede Con Lectura” ESOL Nights
  • Hillsborough County
    John Quincy Adams Middle School
    Extreme Read Warrior Style

Region V

  • Palm Beach County
    Wynnebrook Elementary School
    FCAT Night at Publix
  • Miami Dade County
    Carol City Middle School
    Monthly Family Reading Nights with a Twist

Florida PTA is the largest statewide volunteer organization working exclusively on behalf of children and youth. Founded in 1921 as a branch of the six million member National PTA, Florida PTA is made up of 1,341 local units with more than 361,807 Florida members seeking to unite home, school and community for all children. For more information about the Florida PTA, visit For more information about the Florida Department of Education visit