Lee County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Island Coast High School was selected as the Florida 2010 Region IV Parent Involvement Award winner, secondary level. The award is given out annually by the Florida Department of Education.

This state award, sponsored by the Florida PTA, Department of Education and Washington Mutual, is designed to promote and recognize innovative school practices that increase family involvement. Based on the National PTA Standards for parent and community involvement in education, the school programs address the key strategies of communication, parenting, student learning, volunteering, school decision making and advocacy.

Nancy Hagy, Island Coast teacher and parent involvement contact, coordinated the school’s winning program, Reach Higher, which focused on informing, educating and opening the doors of communication to all school families. During the first semester, a Town Hall Meeting was held at the school to provide information to parents and students on accessing academic assistance, parenting skills, credit information, graduation requirements and decisions on future plans. A Career and College Night was held second semester to provide a variety of information on post-secondary options. Over twenty representatives from colleges, universities, technical centers and various occupations were available to offer information to students and their parents.

During both events, local businesses donated food, beverages and raffle items and parent volunteers assisted with setup and serving dinner. Faculty, staff and students made various contributions of time, displays, and informational assistance. It was a total school and community effort with over 1,200 people attending the two events!

Ms. Hagy will receive Island Coast’s Parent Involvement Award this summer at the annual Florida PTA Conference at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida. The Reach Higher program will also be recognized in Sparkplugs, the state DOE’s annual publication of exemplary practices for family involvement.