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September 19, 2017

District, schools recognized for growing community partnerships

Vista and Westgate elementary schools and the district as a whole were recently recognized for their work by staff members connecting schools and communities.

This is the eighth straight year the district and at least two schools earned Partnership Awards from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), an organization based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The awards went to each school's Action Team for Partnerships (ATP), which is made up of teachers, parents and administrators working to make schools welcoming to families and bring learning into student homes.

“Our partnerships in the district are continually growing and it’s great to recognize all the hard work our ATPs put into them,” says Sarah Del Toro, the district’s family and community manager.

The award-winning schools will each have one of their partnership activities included in NNPS' annual publication, Promising Partnership Practices, distributed nationwide to inspire efforts to bring schools and families together. Seven other schools in the district will also have their activities in the publication:

  • Cottonwood Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Ridge View Elementary
  • Highlands Middle School
  • Park Middle School
  • Keewaydin Discovery Center

“Many schools in Kennewick had very good activities, but you met our ‘max’ for entries from one district. That’s a good problem to have,” writes Joyce Epstein, the NNPS director.

Vista Elementary

Recognized activities: Community Resource Fair, Focus Groups


Westgate Elementary

Recognized activities: Culture Night, Home Visits