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Glen Oaks Elementary and Glen Oaks Elementary PTA Earn National School of Excellence Award

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Monday, September 23, 2019
Glen Oaks Elementary Principal Molly Hovan (left) and Glen Oaks PTA President Jennifer Gilliam

Glen Oaks Elementary Principal Molly Hovan (left) and Glen Oaks PTA President Jennifer Gilliam

McKinney, Texas – National PTA has recognized Glen Oaks Elementary and Glen Oaks Elementary PTA as a 2019-2021 School of Excellence for their accomplishments in building a strong, effective family-school partnership that is enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

Glen Oaks Elementary and Glen Oaks Elementary PTA are among only 326 PTAs and schools nationwide to be designated a 2019-2021 School of Excellence.

“When families and schools work together, students do better in school, and schools improve,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “Glen Oaks Elementary and Glen Oaks Elementary PTA have worked hard to strengthen their family-school partnership, and their efforts are making a positive impact on student success and school improvement. We are pleased to recognize them as a 2019-2021 School of Excellence.”

National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates schools and PTAs that make a year-long commitment to improving family-school partnerships. Throughout the year, the schools and PTAs collect feedback from their school communities and create and implement plans of action to make a difference for every child. Through the School of Excellence program, PTAs and families become key partners in decision-making and school improvement efforts.

Last year, Glen Oaks implemented the new Family Buddy Program, an initiative which paired veteran families with new Glen Oaks families to establish an instant relationship to the school.

“The Buddy Program provided an outlet to new families that we have never had before,” said Molly Hovan, principal of Glen Oaks. “Our new families were instantly connected with other Glen Oaks families, and this created a sense of community from the very first day. We saw many direct examples of this impact, and we know that many more interactions happened throughout the year that would not have happened if these connections had not been made. Our community and relationships have grown stronger as a direct result of this program, and we look forward to doing [the Buddy Program] again this year.”

To celebrate their achievements, National PTA presented Glen Oaks Elementary and Glen Oaks Elementary PTA with a certificate and a National PTA School of Excellence banner to hang in their school. For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit PTA.org/excellence.

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

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