University, Community Partners Form Parker Avenue Consortium

With a history of community outreach, Palm Beach Atlantic University along with public and private partners has formed the Parker Avenue Consortium to bring additional resources into this West Palm Beach neighborhood.

“Among Jesus’ greatest teachings is his commandment to love your neighbor as yourself,” Interim President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. said. “The University’s tradition of Workship is an expression of this teaching.

“The vision for this new community partnership, called the Parker Avenue Consortium, will benefit the families living in the vicinity of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus. The Parker Avenue Consortium is a means to mass resources to benefit students in Kindergarten through college and their families, and ultimately bringing vitality to the neighborhood.”

Participating in the Parker Avenue Consortium are:


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  E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent of School District of Palm Beach County

?   Oscar Otero, Principal of Conniston Middle School

?   Diane Mahar, Principal of Belvedere Elementary

?   Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach

?   Kettle Comfort, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to deliver chef-inspired food to thousands of hungry or nutrition deprived people each day

Interim President Fleming outlined several recent and ongoing University initiatives taking place in the neighborhood, such as:

?   AT&T Algebra Project with Conniston Middle School–This two-year pilot project with Conniston Community Middle School aims to help students learn algebra through new instructional methods and technology. Dr. Marsha Guntharp is the project director.

?   Book Boxes Project with Belvedere Elementary–A literacy development program for low-income youth and their parents funded by the Staples Foundation. Drs. Timothy Ladd and Chelly Templeton are the project directors.

?   Palm Beach County Cultural Council Arts Integration–Sixth-graders at Conniston Community Middle School received arts instruction from faculty of the University's School of Music and Fine Arts Preparatory Department through a grant from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

?   STEAM Project with Conniston Middle School– This initiative will develop laboratory modules to be used in teaching specific Palm Beach County BIG IDEA science concepts to 6th, 7th and 8th graders integrating the arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). This is funded by a PBA Quality Initiative Grant and Dr. Mireille Aleman is the project director.

New programs that are underway are:

?   Kettle Comfort and Palm Beach Atlantic University will bring dinner and kid-friendly activities to neighborhood families hosted by Conniston Middle School. This will launch Thursday, February 23, at Conniston Middle School’s FCAT Family Night.

?   PBA-led lacrosse program is being explored for Conniston Middle School students.

“God has blessed us abundantly with the talent and the vision to improve the lives of our Parker Avenue neighbors,” Interim President Fleming said. “I thank those who have already contributed to these projects.”

Category Tag(s): 02/2012 General News