Family and Community Involvement Award

This award was known as the "Parent Involvement Award"

revised 9-5-14

Annually schools are invited to nominate an outstanding program for family involvement in one of these categories: elementary (preschool - 5th grade) or middle/high (6th grade -12th grade).


There are many successful programs that involve parents in our district.  The Florida Department of Education wants to recognize them and share the information with all Florida school districts.  As a result, best practices for family involvement will be able to be duplicated throughout the state.                                                          


This is an opportunity for schools in Palm Beach County to share their successes with others around the state.  To be selected, family involvement programs must be innovative, increase parent involvement, and be easily replicated.  The School Advisory Council should generate the nomination, with input from the school's PTA/PTO or parent organization.  Entries must be a school project that focuses on a specific school initiated parent/family involvement program or strategy.                                 


Program winners will have their program outlined in the SPARKPLUGS* FOR FAMILY INVOLVEMENT and THE FAMILY RESOURCE DIRECTORY. These are circulated throughout the state by volunteer coordinators, PTA leaders and other family involvement program coordinators.  The Commissioner of Education annually recognizes the parent representatives of these programs at the Florida PTA Leadership Conference in July.

Program Materials


Wellington El PTA Winners

Jennier Allen (fourth from right) representing Wellington Elementary receives their trophy from Education Commissioner, Pam Stewart (third from left). Debi Elfen, District Volunteer Coordinator, (fourth from left) and Mindy Haas from Palm Beach County, newly-elected Florida PTA President (second from left) join in the presentation. Wellington Elementary won for its submission of "Arrgh - Hunting for Literacy Treasures at the Wellington Public Library. It is a program that provided activities and strategies which parents could use at home while introducing families to its local library.

2011-12 Winners

Representatives from Suncoast High School receive their trophy from Education Commissioner, Tony Bennett (second from left). Debi Elfen, District Volunteer Coordinator, (third from left) joins in the presentation. Suncoast High School won for its submission of "Career Showcase", a program that increases knowledge of potential careers for students at the school.

PIA 2010-11 Winners

Dr. David Samore, Principal of Okeeheelee Middle School, (far right) receives his trophy from Education Commissioner, Gerard Robinson (second from right). Debi Elfen, District Volunteer Coordinator, (far left) joins in the presentation. Okeeheelee Middle School won for its submission of "Warrior Dads", a program that increases involvement of adult males at the school.

Winners 2015

Winners from Poinciana Elementary receive their award for their submission of "100th Day of Dads", which promotes positive male role models in their students' lives. From left to right: Kelli Walker, Florida Department of Education Angelia Rivers, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, Florida Department of Education Dick Martin, State Farm Insurance Stephanie Tozzo, Poinciana Elementary STEM Magnet School Carla Hosterman, Poinciana Elementary STEM Magnet School Debi Elfen, School District of Palm Beach County Mindy Haas, Florida PTA Cindy Gerhardt-Florida PTA.