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Becoming a Partner in Education for the Knox County Schools

There are myriad ways to volunteer inside the Knox County Schools, but there are almost as many ways to become a Partner in Education. From coupon books, to Career Day and Dine Out for Education, there are ample opportunities for businesses to develop mutually beneficial relationships with the Knox County Schools.
 
Career Day will take place on Feb. 18 at the Knoxville Expo Center (5441 Clinton Highway) and is open to all Knox County eighth graders, high school students, and their families. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. approximately 2,000 students and parents will have the opportunity to visit with more than 100 employers and educational institutions to learn more about academic and professional options for the future. From neutrons to nursing, from college to carpentry, Career Day has something for everyone. Though the event is made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor Pellissippi State Community College and funds from the annual Knox County Schools Dine Out for Education and already boasts a large number of exhibits, there is always room to expand.
 
Dine Out for Education, mentioned above, will take place on Apr. 12. The annual event invites restaurant friends of the Knox County Schools from across all districts to contribute ten percent of their proceeds from the business day to the schools. In addition to helping fund Career Day, the proceeds from previous Dine Out for Education events have helped purchase mobile screening vans for the district’s hearing and vision departments, paid for online research tools for the district’s school, and partially fund the Barney Thompson Scholarship Fund. The easiest way to get involved is to take the family out to eat at a participating restaurant, but if you own a restaurant, you can get the business involved too.
 
Likely, the most widely recognized way to become a Partner in Education with the Knox County Schools is by purchasing one of The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Books. Established in 1989, The Knox County Schools Coupon Book Program was designed to provide discretionary funds for schools to use to meet needs identified by parents and teachers and since that time over 3.6 million coupon books have been sold to raise over $31.6 million for Knox County students; the funds have helped to generate funds that have become a primary resource for improving technology and playgrounds in schools across the county. The 2016 Knox County School Coupon Book Campaign will begin Sep. 8, 2016. You can easily partner with the schools by buying a coupon book or ten, but, as with Dine Out for Education, you can get your business(es) involved too.
 
There is significant research regarding the beneficial effects on students of parental involvement and family-school partnerships. Additional research has shown that parent and community ties can have a systemic and sustained effect on learning outcomes for children and on whole school improvement. The opportunities listed above to partner with the Knox County Schools in support of your children and our students are perfect examples of how this school system is working to make investments that will have positive effects for many years to come.
 
If you want more information about Career Day or are interested in exhibiting this year, own a restaurant and want to get involved with Dine Out for Education, and/or want to place a coupon in The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book, contact Carrie Witt in the Knox County Schools Business Partnerships Office (carrie.witt@knoxschools.org).