66ers Adopt Emmerton Elementary School Partnership made possible by San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Adopt-A-School program

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The Inland Empire 66ers and Emmerton Elementary School took their long standing community partnership a step further by entering an official Adopt-A-School agreement. A document was signed at Emmerton Elementary by 66ers General Manager Joe Hudson, Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden, School Board President Michael Gallo, as well as Principal Tasha Doizan officially recognizing the partnership made possible by San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Adopt-A-School program. Other adopters of Emmerton included Target and Joy Harvest Church.
The Adopt-A-School Program, which is sponsored by the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce, is a school community partnership which builds a close relationship between a specific school and a specific business. The business “adopts” the school and provides varying kinds of assistance to students and staff during the school year. Adopt-A-School is designed to encourage business and community support for the schools; to provide the business sector with the opportunity to become involved in public education; and to give the students the opportunity to meet and interact with the decision makers and leaders in the business world.
“Once we were made aware of this program we immediately wanted to be a part of it,” stated Hudson. “The Adopt-A-School program is a way as an organization to show the kids of Emmerton Elementary that not only do we care about their success, but are here to help as well.”
A strong withstanding relationship between the two organizations includes the 66ers Hit the Books program where the 66ers front office with the assistance of the team’s mascot, Bernie, hold an assembly to teach the importance of reading. Students are rewarded for reading a set number of books or minutes with two free tickets to a 66ers game. The 66ers have also hosted Emmerton Elementary’s fundraiser each year when the school raises money by selling tickets to a 66ers game. To strengthen their partnership, the 66ers have pledged to get more involved with Emmerton’s Dr. Seuss Day and fall festival.
Emmerton Elementary serves approximately 600 pre-school through third grade students in San Bernardino. Their focus is increasing literacy through reading and writing and increasing the use of technology in all grade levels. About 200 of the students were present for the ceremony and then everyone celebrated with cake afterwards.
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