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Erie Insurance announced as additional community schools corporate sponsor

Erie Insurance announced as additional corporate partner to support Pfeiffer-Burleigh School

L to R: Shantel Hilliard, Booker T. Washington Center associate director, Karin Ryan, Pfeiffer-Burleigh principal, Ann Scott, Erie Insurance community outreach manager and Gary Bukowski, Sarah Reed Children's Center associate vice president of development

Officials from Erie’s Public Schools in partnership with United Way of Erie County have announced Erie Insurance as an additional confirmed corporate partner in the Community Schools initiative.

The community school model is a strategy for organizing school and community resources around student success. A community school is both a place and set of partnerships that help address health, wellness and the social needs of students and their families. The goals of community schools are to address non-academic barriers to learning and increase community engagement in the success of the school.

At a press conference held previously, officials from Erie’s Public Schools in partnership with United Way of Erie County announced the first cohort of schools selected for Erie’s community schools initiative.

1. Edison Elementary School (PreK-5)

2. Emerson-Gridley Elementary School (PreK-5)

3. McKinley Elementary School (PreK-5)

4. Pfeiffer-Burleigh School (PreK-8)

5. Wayne School (PreK-8)

With an initial investment from corporate partners that will fund the new positions of Community School Directors, these schools will implement the community school model to offer opportunities and services to students and their families including health, mental health, and mentoring; more after school and summer learning opportunities for students; activities and classes for children, families and community members in the evenings and on weekends. To date, the following additional Corporate Partners have been confirmed: GE Transportation, Hamot Health Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and an anonymous donor. So far, total funds committed from all corporate partners exceeds $900,000 over three years.

Why Community Schools work:

• Engaged school district leadership

• School principal leading the vision and process at each site

• Community School Director, employed by a community-based organization or institution of higher education, working full-time in the school with funding support from Corporate Partners

• Site-based leadership team comprising parents, educators, community and business partners

• Facility access before, during and beyond school hours