The Education Partnership’s Students 2 Students Program – Connecting local students for a brighter future.
What is Students 2 Students?
The Students 2 Students Program was created to empower local students to help those in their community in need. Schools can work with The Education Partnership to hold fundraiser such as coin drives and school supply drives to help support the mission of The Education Partnership. The Education Partnership is a local non-profit that aims to bridge the gap between what students have and what they need to be successful in the classroom.
Targeting high need communities, The Education Partnership’s school supply initiative works in schools where a minimum of 70% of the students qualify for The National Free/Reduced Lunch Program.
Students 2 Students provides a meaningful and tangible community service opportunities your students. The Students 2 Students program also offers a volunteer component in which students and parents can come to The Education Partnership’s facility to volunteer.
A LOOK AT HOW STUDENTS 2 STUDENTS IS
IMPACTING LOCAL KIDS
Eisenhower Elementary School, located in Upper St Clair has worked with The Education Partnership for three years. What started as a simple coin drive has now turned into a year-long engagement and a partnership with Kelly Elementary School in Wilkinsburg. Through Students 2 Students, Eisenhower Elementary has adopted The Kelly School, providing both students and teachers with critical supplies.
The highlight of this relationship was the participation of the Eisenhower Students in building more than 380 school supply kits for the students at The Kelly School. Approximately 250 Eisenhower students visited the Education Partnership in November to build the kits. In addition the students wrote personal and inspirational messages to their peers at the Kelly School that were included in the kits. The kits were then distributed by Eisenhower Staff and parents at a special assembly held at the Kelly School in December.
WHY SHOULD YOUR SCHOOL WORK WITH THE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP?
Mark Miller, Principal Eisenhower Elementary
“It is important to our school and community to provide our students with an authentic community service opportunities. Teaming with the Education Partnership has undoubtedly helped to provide students with genuine growth opportunities that enhance our program, which ultimately, fosters the academic and social growth of our students. The experience has impacted the growth of our students in a number of ways: Empathy, commitment to a common mission, work ethic, team building and collaboration are a few of the themes our students realize through this partnership.”
April Walker, Eisenhower Parent and PTA Outreach Chair
“Having worked as a teacher in an inner city school, I know the challenges that these students and teachers are facing. I know working with The Education Partnership to get supplies into these classrooms makes a difference to these kids and teachers.”
“From a parental viewpoint, it’s important for me that my daughter is aware of the realities of the world outside of our “bubble”. I remember the day that she made the realization that kids wouldn’t have what they need. It was a shock for her. Through our time working and volunteering with The Education Partnership, she has developed an understanding of what this means. She knows that this is about more than school supplies. This is about their wellbeing. To actually think about another person’s well being at that age to pretty profound .”
STUDENTS 2 STUDENTS; IMPACTING SCHOOLS IN NEED
The Kelly School located in Wilkinsburg houses 386 elementary ages students. More than 86% of these students receive a lunch through The National Free Reduced Lunch Program. Being adoped by Eisenhower Elementary through The Education Partnership has had a profound effect on the school, its teachers, and it’s students.
Diane Mazzaros, Kelly School Teacher
“ The staff and students were overwhelmed by the generosity of what they received. When the students went back to their classroom they looked inside the bag with great excitement,”
“One said “I can’t wait to show my Mom because she wouldn’t believe all the cool things in the bag”, while another said “I can’t wait to do my homework tonight and not have to worry about not having the supplies to complete my work”. One of the most impressive items in each bag was a handwritten note by the USC students to Kelly students. One little girl said “I hope you have a great school year and I hope I get to meet you someday”.
Participating Schools: Join the following schools as they support The Educaiton Partnership:
Baker Elementary School
Boyce Middle School
Eisenhower Elementary School
Ft. Couch Middle School
Fox Chapel High School
The Ellis School
Markham Elementary School
Montour High School
Peters Township High School
Riverview High School
South Fayette Middle School
Streams Elementary School
If your school is looking for a meaningful community service project that adds value to your school, please consider The Students 2 Students Program. For more information please contact Amanda McQuillan at Amanda@TheEducationPartnership.org.