An initiative headed up by Waxahachie Partners in Education to incorporate local businesses, churches and civic organizations into a hands-on involvement with elementary classes has been deemed a huge success.

Melissa Cobb, community education director praises the community’s response to the program, which was started up in 2008 at Northside Elementary School.

“The response to the program generated so much interest and excitement that the program has expanded to include third grade district-wide,” she said. “Adopt-A-Class is a mutually beneficial partnership between local businesses and community organizations with classrooms in the Waxahachie ISD. Adopt-A-Class pairs businesses and organizations with individual classrooms.”

Why have an Adopt-A-Class program? Cobb says a strong public school system is basic to the overall health of the community as well as attracting people and businesses looking to relocate to the area.

“The Adopt-A-Class program strengthens the relationship between the school district and the community,” she said.

Cobb said businesses of any size, as well as individuals, churches and civic organizations may adopt a class after each volunteer completes an application and a background check.

Cobb said each partnership develops its own goals and activities based on the resources of the adopting business or organization and the needs of the adopted class.

“Some of the ways businesses and organizations can help classes are by serving as readers, sponsoring award incentives for improvement and success, serving as tutors or mentors, assisting with enriching activities, field days, field trips or even providing treats for class parties,” Cobb said. “Organizations may also contribute supplies or equipment to classes that are not covered in the budget.”

For a copy of the Standard of Commitment by the Adopt-A-Class program, contact Cobb at 972-937-4632, extension 142, or e-mail mcobb@wisd.org.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.