Philanthropic group 100WomenStrong and SunTrust Foundation have announced a partnership to create a community school initiative that will work closely with six schools in Loudoun County.
This partnership, announced at 100WomenStrong's 10th Anniversary at Stone Tower Winery last week, is an expansion to the program 100WomenStrong started in Sterling Elementary several years ago. The funding will help create community school coordinators at Forest Grove, Sugarland, Guilford, Sterling, Sully and Rolling Ridge Elementary Schools. Each of the schools qualify for Title 1 federal funding to support low-income families.
Since 2015, 100WomenStrong has funded the salary of a community school coordinator (CSI) who works with community partners to bring enrichment programs into the school. The position provides academic support and personal development to students and families at the school.
Officials with 100WomenStrong said they hope their efforts in the schools will assist disadvantaged students and their families improve educational outcomes. They have been working closely with Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun Education Fund, local nonprofits, educators and businesses to “change the face of education in Sterling.”
With SunTrust's $100,000 donation, they are hoping other organizations will team up to raise at $400,000 to expand this initiative.
“The resources and goodwill are already out there, and this model taps into it and directs it in a way that is very effective and creates an incredible benefit for both the school and the community,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, founder and president of 100WomenStrong.
For more information, visit Onehundredwomenstrong.org.