Community Connections Activities – Fall 2016

The Community Connections group has been working throughout the year to have a positive impact on the Louisville community. Here is what this thoughtful and talented group did during the fall…

  • Uspiritus, Bellewood Campus Anchorage Middle School Students had the opportunity to tutor (or work in the garden) with Bellewood elementary school students for ten weeks (Mondays after school for one hour)
  • Family Scholar House Anchors helped to organize and execute a major holiday event at one of the five Family Scholar House Campuses. This event is our most complex project. It takes several months to plan and involves additional parent volunteers. The holiday event comprises:
    • The “Love Mom Shop”: Our students collect and sort donations from the whole school and local business community to create a free shop where the children living at the Family Scholar House campus can “shop” for and wrap a Christmas, Hanukah, or other holiday gift for their parent. This year, Anchorage school’s very own Ms. Carey McCoy participated as Mrs. Claus welcoming the children to the “Love Mom” shop.
    • A free book store: Last year with the leadership and help of our librarian, Robin Gamez, the school donated almost 100 books through book fair donations and each Family Scholar house child was able to choose a book. Our students, sorted the books by age, set up, and ran the “store front”.
    • Stocking for each child: Students led a team of business professionals (i.e., students managed adult teams) to organize and stuff stockings. Each of the 84 children at the scholar house receive a stocking that contained donated toiletries, puzzles, small, books, and toys.

Congratulations to all students and volunteers on some amazing accomplishments!!

Program Spotlight: Community Connections

HelpingHandsThe APTA has a committee called “Community Connections”

We realized that many don’t know what those involved do…and it is pretty great stuff!

Chairs Catherine Werner and Nancy-Lynne Walters work with school sponsor Ms. Rachel Minor to guide the Middle School Helping Hands community service club. The mission of the club is to contribute to our Louisville community. Their approach is to strike a balance in their project selection to expose students to the different ways to volunteer (e.g., time, talent, and treasure).

It’s been a fun and rewarding endeavor for the parent & teacher volunteers as well as the students.

For each of these organizations they engage in a three-part learning process:

  • A guest speaker from the organization joins the group for its monthly “Helping Hands” Community Service Club meeting in Ms. Minor’s Room.
  • They go on a field trip to the organization to learn first-hand about the services and benefits that each organization provides in our community.
  • They plan and do a project to support the organization.

Annually, Anchorage middle school student volunteers contribute close to 400 hours of community service through the “Helping Hands” club.

Club participants also developed the club mission, name, and logo.




Parent Academy 3/21: Nothing but the Apps!

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Parent Academy presents Part 2 of Raising Kids in a Digital Age – Nothing but the Apps!

  • WHEN:Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
  • WHERE: School Auditorium

Don’t worry if you couldn’t attend session 1, each session is a stand alone talk!  Mark your calendar now – you DON’T want to miss this! Learn tips & advice, trends & misconceptions, as well as how to leverage apps to make parenting easier!

Feedback from parents that attended session 1 include:
“The social media “contract” was extremely beneficial!”
“I can’t wait to go home and look at the resources list that was given!”
“I am so glad I came!  I thought maybe my kids were too young for this to pertain to me, but I was wrong!  I learned it’s never too early to start!”

We hope you will be able to join us for this Parent Academy event!

RSVP to Andrea Donan at