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To create a network of supports that ensure academic success, family self-sufficiency and economic prosperity. SUN Community Schools focus on students within the immediate vicinity of the school.
The community school model has four broad goals:
- most importantly, educational success for children. Schools take the lead on this priority and the other partners play a supportive role.
- provide a social and health service support system that will help children and their families be successful in schools and the community. The county, DHS and non-profits experienced with community-based social services take a lead role on this.
- provide enrichment and recreational opportunities that connect the curriculum of the school and after-school activities for the students. It will also provide recreational and educational programs for parents and other adults in the neighborhood
- by extending the school day and the number of hours a school is open and being used, a school can become a community center. It can then serve as a community-gathering place for any number of services and activities. The City of Portland and Portland Parks & Recreation, the City of Gresham, Gresham parks and Recreation and youth programming agencies will take the lead in enrichment and recreational opportunities.
Another vital component is to connect and integrate the activities to increase the chances of success for children. Curriculum alignment, relationships between school and other staff and coordination of programming and building use are essential.
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