#Familyhood has three definitions

#Familyhood has three main definitions:

1) #Familyhood is one word to define The Intergenerational Enterprise.
The Intergenerational Enterprise is a collaboration between a school’s Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association, and Alumni.
“The Intergenerational Enterprise” is too many letters for a Twitter handle, so we use #familyhood to represent this collaboration in one word.

2) #Familyhood is also one word to define “Healthy Economics”.
Healthy Economics (HE) is a community development strategy that defines the school as the center of a communities development.

HE dissects each school into three main organizations: Student Government Association (SGA), Parent Teacher Association and Alumni (PTA) and promotes these organization to collaborate. This collaboration is called The Intergenerational Enterprise.

HE promotes The Intergenerational Enterprise to manage the school’s garden, farmers market and eventually a grocery store.

HE is divided into four main strategies/brands/websites/twitter that work together to recruit volunteers (students/parents/alumni/community partners) to join these organizations and to eventually collaborate.

They are: #1stSaturdays/1stsaturdays.com, #friendsofschool/friendsofschool.org
#familyhood (#1 definition above)/ intergenerationalenterprise.com and #mobetterfood/mobetterfood.com.

To define each:
#1stSaturdays defines the 1st Saturday of each month at the school as the official monthly volunteer/recruitment day.


For the sake of explaining the steps towards #Familyhood, we will call the first person to start #Familyhood at a school site “The Familyhood Organizer” (FO).

Step 1. FO fills- out necessary forms on 1stSaturdays.com/start link and receives general information from us to present to the school of their choice.

Step 2. FO presents our general information to the schools administration.

Step 3. The School’s administration reviews our information and FO’s background (every school has a different process).

Step 4. Once approved, the school adds “Volunteer/ Recruitment Day” on all the 1st Saturdays of the schools calendar.
Step 5. After, the FO’s background is approved by the school and the school’s annual calendar has all the 1stSaturdays days saved, FO begins to organize/promote the schools three main organizations (Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and Alumni Association) .


The organizing/promoting phase will be different at every school site. For example, some schools will have Student Government Associations, some will not. Some will have functioning PTA’s, some will not. Some will have student councils, some will not. Some will have Alumni involved, and some will not. Some may have two of these organizations functioning, etc.

With all these different scenarios of where a school may be, to be an effective FO, The FO should visualize themselves as the needle and the thread that ties together a beautiful quilt.

The needle punctures the hole
Find the holes (spaces) on campuses where the three main organizations meet.
If they don’t meet, find a space where they could.

The thread binds them
Once the dates and locations of the three main organizations are identified by FO, FO is now equipped to spread the word of each organizations updates to each other. For example, by FO sharing updates of the school’s Student Government Association at the Parent Teacher Assocation and vice-versa, FO becomes the thread that binds them.

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1) #Friendsofschool’s motto is, “every school shall have a functioning Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and Alumni Association.”

Since, many schools do not have these organizations functioning on campus, especially in lower income communities, the #friendsofschool program assists the school’s administration with creating/ engaging and collaborating these organizations with community partners to advance towards #Familyhood (definition 3).

During the 1stSaturday’s volunteer events, #Friendsofschool promotes a portion of time on the agenda to updates from representatives of the school’s SGA, PTA, ALUMNI.

2) #mobetterfood’s motto is “every school shall have a garden, a farmers market and a grocery store.”

Each month, The Intergenerational Enterprise meets at the schools garden or/and farmers market to improve it, with a vision of achieving both motto’s.

3) #Familyhood is the vision of a community or neighborhood becoming a healthy, sustainable, peaceful, community.

We believe we can advance communities towards #Familyhood by utilizing schools as centers for community development.

The site: 1stSaturdays.com will show launch Oct 3rd, 2015 to map schools that are open to host volunteers once a month-every 1st Saturday of the month.

If you would like to organize a 1st Saturday’s at a school near you, click here.

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Claremont PTA members are encouraged to attend the PTA meeting this Thursday (May 7)

Important PTA Meeting This Thursday
Members to Approve 2015-16 PTA Budget and Elect New Officers
All Claremont PTA members are encouraged to attend the PTA meeting this Thursday (May 7) as we finalize the budget for the 2015-16 school year and elect a new slate of officers (see details below). As usual, free dinner will be served starting at 6 p.m., with the meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m. The dinner and meeting will take place at Claremont Middle School.

PTA Budget Preview
Proposed PTA Income & Expense Projections for 2015-16 School Year
The Claremont PTA Budget Committee has worked many hours to assemble a draft budget for the 2015-16 school year, including income from Claremont Fund donations, our annual auction fundraiser, the Ride for a Reason cycling rally, the Dads Club pancake breakfast and other fundraising activities. Proposed expenses include teacher allocations for classroom supplies, the mini-grant fund, funding for our school library, outdoor education funding and a $60,000 allocation to help the administration retain an additional teacher as state funding cuts are forcing a reduction in teaching staff at our school.

During the PTA meeting on Thursday, the Budget Committee will present their recommendations, and members will have an opportunity to discuss the figures before putting the proposed budget up for approval by the PTA membership. Click the link below to open a summary document that outlines the proposed budget.

2015-16 Claremont PTA Draft Budget Summary »

PTA Leadership
Proposed Slate of PTA Officers for the 2015-16 School Year
The Claremont Middle School PTA Nominating Committee is recommending the below slate of new officers for the 2015-16 school year. The slate includes a mix of new candidates as well as current officers who are up for re-election. The PTA membership will elect its officers at the May 7 PTA meeting; additional nominations for these positions may be called from the floor during the meeting.

Bob Gammon, President
Morris Dye, Executive Vice President
Shona Armstrong, Secretary
John Ifcher, Treasurer
Zac Unger, Financial Secretary
Erin McDevitt, Auditor
Chris Schreiber, Vice President – Fundraising
Michelle Quinn, Vice President – Communications
M’noa Moore-Lawrence and Lyn Hikida, Co-Vice Presidents – Events

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“Every school should have functioning Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and Alumni Association.”

Friends of School

A few years ago, David N. Roach was apart of the “Friends of McClymonds” effort which helped to revitalize McClymonds High School Alumni Association. I had taught Business at McClymonds some years prior and witnessed a decline in the schools spirit after the passing of Mr. Belford and the school was divided into three schools (Kizmet, BEST, Excel).

From the above experience, I found value that “a friend” could bring to a school.

We believe, instead of coming into a school with a new program or organization, we can strengthen the school by equipping it with its basic three organizations functioning and actively involved in the preservation and promotion of the school and its surrounding community.

Once the schools basic organizations are functioning, Friends of School.org promotes these organizations to collaborate as The Intergenerational Enterprise and administer their school’s garden, farmers market and grocery store.

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Why Friends of School?

Why Friends of School?

One would be surprised by the inequities that exist between schools in the categories of leadership and capacity building. For example, which schools have functioning student government association’s and which ones don’t? When ones have a Parent Teacher Association and which ones don’t? Which ones have an alumni association and which ones don’t?

It typically depends on the Principal or if a few concerned /community leaders have gotten involved. The schools that have or don’t have could be in the same district.

From my observation, I would argue that schools in under-served communities have a greater tendency to not have these basic organizations on campus. If they do, rarely are all three functioning.

The major function of The Friends of School Program is to focus on recruiting members for these organizations and to eventually influence them to form collaboration we call   The Intergenerational Enterprise.

The Friends of School Program recommends school sites to host a monthly volunteer day on the 1st Saturday of every month to keep the community connected to the affairs of these organizations and to further the volunteer efforts of the school site.

SAVE THE DATE’S – October 3rd, 2015 to start your 1st Saturdays at your school site.




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