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