ERIC Number: ED305554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Puff Up the Pirate's Chest. End of the Year Report 1986-87.
Pinellas School District 52, St. Petersburg, FL.
A grant proposal was developed with the objectives of increasing retention, improving the image, and increasing volunteer participation at a Florida high school, Boca Ciega. The program encompassed 15 strategies to accomplish these objectives, many being new models of school/community relationships. Students were identified in the eighth grade and given the opportunity to enroll in a special alternative program. Students not in the alternative program but who seemed to have school adjustment problems were identified by teachers and placed in an "Adopt-a-Student" program with teachers providing a role model, showing there was someone who cared, helping the students set realistic goals, and enhancing the student's self-esteem. A peer counseling program/youth motivator program is currently being started in which high school students work with middle and elementary school students. A video tape using alumni, military recruiters, and turn-around students to entice students to stay in school is being developed. A data bank of alumni names, addresses, and places of employment is used as a volunteer recruitment tool. Alumni and parents served as youth motivators and tutors. Volunteer hours and numbers increased as the program became established. A newsletter, extra assemblies, facelift, a videotape for civic organizations, and pep club were used to improve the community's image of the school. A magnet school study was undertaken. The Excellence in Education grant program has been a successful addition to Boca Ciega High School. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pinellas School District 52, St. Petersburg, FL.