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I am a parent-graduate of Thomas Edison School. Both my children attended school there from Kindergarten through the fourth and fifth grades respectively. They are both thriving and moving along well in their academic careers due in large part to the strong foundation they received at Edison. My husband and I both contributed to the community school project; he as being a member of the Community School Advisory Committee and me as PTA president for several years. We have both increased our involvement in the Port Chester community exponentially as a result.
Thomas Edison Elementary School is a shining example of this strategy. As a community school, Thomas Edison not only leverages resources from both the school and community, but offers targeted professional development for teachers and other school staff that pave the way for positive outcomes for students, families, and communities.
Thomas Edison is the type of public school that every community and family should have a right to expect for their children. Whole Child, Whole School: Applying Theory to Practice in Community Schools shows how to make it happen.