Golden and Silver School Awards
Each year the Office of Community Involvement participates in the Florida Department of Education's Golden and Silver School Awards which recognize exemplary volunteer programs that promote parent and community involvement in education. The Golden School Award is presented to elementary, secondary, and adult education schools. The Silver School Award is presented to secondary schools only.
GOLDEN SCHOOL AWARD CRITERIA.
The Florida Department of Education presents the Golden and Silver School Award in an effort to recognize exemplary programs to increase student learning through promoting parent and community involvement. The Golden School Award is presented to those elementary, secondary, and adult schools having exemplary volunteer programs that meet the following criteria:
- A Staff training program in which a minimum of 80 percent of the school staff have participated in training related to school volunteerism during the school year.
- A school volunteer coordinator is designated to provide leadership for the school volunteer program through recruitment, placement, training, and supervision of all participants.
- A total number of hours in volunteer service that equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school. Any volunteer activity that contributes to student improvement may be counted. This can include fundraising.
*NOTE: Effective in 2012, there is no longer a limit of eight (8) hours per day for volunteer chaperones of academically related field trips (i.e., bands, plays, museums, Washington, D.C., etc.)
SILVER SCHOOL AWARD CRITERIA
The Silver School Award is presented annually to recognize secondary schools with Exemplary peer volunteer/tutor programs that meet the following criteria:
- The sending school must have a school volunteer coordinator who provides coordination of the program, placement of students, orientation/training for the students, evaluation of student/program, and supervision of student volunteers.
- The receiving school must have a volunteer coordinator who provides coordination of the program, placement of secondary students, orientation/training for the receiving staff, evaluation of student/program, and supervision of student volunteers.
- Student volunteers and the receiving faculty must both receive orientation and training. Student volunteers must receive continuous supervision.
- The composite student volunteer hours must equal at least one half the total number of students (FTE count) in the sending school (e.g., 2,000 students – 1,000 volunteer hours.)