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Richland One, Columbia High Receive National Awards for Family and Community Engagement Initiatives

Richland One has received a 2022 Partnership District Award and Columbia High School has received a 2022 Partnership School Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University.

This is Richland One’s fifth time being recognized for making excellent progress in strengthening its leadership of partnerships and for guiding schools to develop goal-oriented programs for family and community engagement.

“Richland One is conducting evidence-based strategies to help schools become welcoming places that engage all parents and the community in ways that improve student attendance, behavior, achievement, health, graduation rates, post-secondary plans and other outcomes,” said Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of NNPS.

“Even during the COVID-19 crisis, Richland One continued to work with schools on communication with all students’ families in productive ways,” Dr. Epstein said.

Richland One was cited for its initiative called Partnering to Enrich the Lives of Eau Claire Cluster Families, which was led by the parent and family engagement specialists in the Office of Federal and State Programs. Columbia High School was cited for its Town Hall initiative called Project Success: Reach Back and Pull Up!

Richland One and Columbia High School are featured in the new NNPS e-book Promising Practices 2022 and highlighted on the NNPS website.

Eight other Richland One schools are also included in the Promising Practices e-book in recognition of their family and community engagement activities – Burton-Pack, A.J. Lewis Greenview, Mill Creek and A.C. Moore elementary schools; Alcorn, Crayton and Hand middle schools; and Dreher High School.



Pictured are (from left) Parent and Family Engagement Specialists Tammy Coleman, J. Caressa Louallen and Yolanda Hawkins; coordinator Latorsha Murray (center); and Parent and Family Engagement specialists Lauren Brooks-Sumpter, Sherrie Belton and Brendan Jackson.


Pictured are Parent and Family Engagement Specialist Yolanda Smith and former Columbia High School Principal Craig Washington.