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August 02, 2015

Parker Avenue Consortium

Map showing the area of West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, encompassed in the Park Avenue Consortium. Parker Avenue runs along the east side of Palm Beach Atlantic University's Rinker Athletic Campus.
Map courtesy of Google

PBA's Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus, which is bordered on the east by Parker Avenue, officially opened Sept. 4, 2014 (with some facilities still under construction). The campus includes a neighborhood park set aside for community use. Click here to learn more about the campus.


Read about 2014 FCAT Family Night at Conniston Middle School

Among Jesus’ greatest teachings is his commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:31) At Palm Beach Atlantic, we have taken this commandment to heart in many of our community-focused activities.

By way of extending that vision, PBA has engaged in a community partnership called the Parker Avenue Consortium, which benefits the families living in the vicinity of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus in West Palm Beach. The Parker Avenue Consortium is a means to bring resources together to benefit kindergarten through university students and their families, and ultimately bringing a renewed vitality to the neighborhood.

Among our community partners are:

Through these and other relationships, Palm Beach Atlantic has a number of recent and ongoing initiatives taking place in the neighborhood, such as:

  • Science Education – The University has been awarded a grant from the Quantum Foundation for $175,000 over three years for a collaborative project that adopts an innovative approach to science education for middle school students. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • 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. Read more. 
  • 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 sixth, seventh and eighth 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.


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