Frisco ISD Named One of the 100 Best Communities for Young People

Sep 12, 2012

Dr. Reedy poses with community partnersVisit the America's Promise Alliance website.Frisco ISD has been selected one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING. 

The national award recognizes FISD’s outstanding and innovative work, in partnership with the community, to address the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.

“This is a great honor for the entire community,” said Superintendent Rick Reedy.  “Our job is huge and we don’t take it lightly.  It truly takes a village to make this the best place it can be for young people.”

FISD Board of Trustees, staff and special guests gathered Wednesday to watch the live announcement from Washington, D.C.

  • Photo Gallery
  • Dr. Reedy speaks to those in attendance
  • 100 Best Texas winners
  • Frisco ISD is a winner!
  • Board President Renée Ehmke talks with Principal Angela Borgarello
  • Dr. Reedy poses with Bob Allen and Mike Simpson

Board President Renée Ehmke says it’s a testament to the District’s many partnerships.

“Frisco is very unique,” she said.  “We have great relationships that allow us to do things that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.  Every school board should be so lucky.”

Frisco ISD, a first-time 100 Best winner, was recognized for its dedication to youth through programs that focus on education, health, safety, mentoring, outreach and supporting children in need.

Some of the highlighted efforts include:

• The District partners with a community group to provide more than 160 homeless students with food, clothing, transportation, school supplies and shelter.

• Frisco ISD is the largest donor to Frisco Family Services Center, which distributes approximately 35,000 pounds of food to more than 350 families each month.  The center operates a Summer Lunch Program that provides meals and activities in the city park.  FISD employees and students consistently serve as volunteers.

• The FISD KEYS Program provides one-on-one assistance to children in grades 3-8 who are experiencing severe behavioral or learning issues.

• The Bright Ideas Homework Club mentors and tutors Bright Elementary School children in an after-school program that offers homework help and educational games.

• St. Philip's Episcopal Church partners with Bright Elementary School, providing mentors and Bright Zone volunteers who work with students who need a concerned adult in their lives.

“This is just another indication of the great partnerships we have between the City of Frisco, Frisco ISD, non-profit organizations and other community groups that make Frisco a great place for families and to raise children,” said Mike Simpson, former Frisco mayor and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.

FISD will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.

To learn more, visit www.AmericasPromise.org/100Best.

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