FLORENCE, S.C. — John W. Moore Intermediate School has received a 2018 Partnership Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University.

Moore has received the national award for three years: 2015, 2017 and 2018.

According to Principal Carol Schweitz, the award is given to schools that are proactive in making community partnerships and family involvement in schools.

To be eligible for the award, a school must be a member of the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) and have at least two approved Promising Practices, which are programs or events that allow the community, parents and students to come together for educational purposes.

Promising Practices are approved by the NNPS, and upon approval, the practice will be published in a journal from the NNPS. When planning a Promising Practice, the planner must write a grant proposal to be approved through the Francis Marion University Center of Excellence and then submit the practice to the NNPS.

According to Schweitz, the NNPS wants Promising Practice programs to focus on underrepresented groups, such as at-risk youth and fathers' involvement in education. Schweitz said Moore has received eight Promising Practices over the past six years and has more planned.

Teachers and faculty have planned events, such as Dads in the Dug Out, an event for fathers to join children in learning about goal setting, and the Lions Club, a club for at-risk boys to learn leadership skills. Programs range from a one-time event to a year-long program.

Joanna McCumber, a STEM coach, planned and wrote the most recent Promising Practice, which consisted of a math event where families had the opportunity to learn about real-life math applications through grocery shopping at KJ’s. This practice was one of two that helped Moore receive the award.

Brandis Winstead, the school’s guidance counselor, said she loves to see the children excited about the programs because it gives them an incentive to do better in their classwork.

“Activities like that,” Winstead said. “The kids are so excited about it. That’s what I love to see.”

For each Promising Practice program, the school keeps a detailed record of how the programs help students who are involved. Schweitz said the school looks at the students’ grades and discipline records throughout the programs, which shows them if they were successful. Schweitz said they have seen improvement in discipline records and grades through these programs.

The NNPS started the “Promising Partnership Practices” journal in 1998 through Johns Hopkins University, and since its beginning has published more than 12,000 activities from schools across the country. Each year, a new journal is published.

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