January 11, 2013
Partners in Education, a nonprofit organization administered by the Santa Barbara County Education Office, will hold its annual Business and Education Partnerships Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Guests are welcome.
Each year the event draws hundreds of community members under the same roof: leaders in education and business, politicians, parents, volunteers, and unaffiliated locals who have decided to take a stake in public education.
The breakfast provides Partners in Education with an opportunity to thank supporters and volunteers. Since 2008, more than 4,000 volunteers have delivered over 50,000 hours of service through the Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination Program.
“We all know that the economic downturn has deeply affected our public schools,” said County Superintendent Bill Cirone, whose office coordinates the program. “Unprecedented budget cuts have left schools with fewer teachers, resulting in larger classes, along with a decrease in career education courses and enrichment programs,” he said.
The Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination program, which has positioned Partners in Education as the main liaison between the school and business communities, links community volunteers to schools as a way to meet teacher needs. With the help of these community relationships, Partners in Education has been able to complete important work: providing elementary schools with reading tutors, delivering computers to low-income fourth graders, holding informative Career Days for junior high school students, coordinating practice Mock Job interviews for high schoolers, and creating paid internships for disadvantaged teens.
Staff members will be presenting some success stories at the breakfast and sharing the progress made over the past few years in each of its programs. Presentations begin at 7:45 a.m.
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