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Schools, Businesses Collaborate to offer Socorro ISD Students Endless Opportunities

Socorro Independent School District school liaisons, non-profit organizations, and the business community gathered for a day of networking and fun at the 2016 Partner in Education Orientation and Expo.

The Team SISD Partners in Education program is composed of more than 290 business partners who work with 47 schools to help the district provide endless opportunities for all students.

“Our Partner in Education Program gets better and better each year,” said Maya Kirtley, program coordinator. “Our schools and businesses do a wonderful job in keeping their partnerships fun, fresh and innovative.”

2016 Schools businesses collaborate3Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza welcomed business partners and campus liaisons to the first meeting of the year.

“Thank you for all that you do for our students,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Your efforts really go a long way and our district continues to see great success because of the amazing support of our businesses partners!”

The expo allowed campus liaisons to strengthen their partnerships by getting acquainted with services and programs business partners offer. Campus representatives also had the opportunity to schedule events, meetings and visits for the 2016-2017 school year.

“Orientation is a great day for partnerships and SISD schools to connect,” said Bianca Adame, marketing coordinator for Texas Kids Dental. “Businesses get to come out, mix and mingle, and book events for the school year with the school liaisons.”

The partnerships in Team SISD mutually benefit schools and businesses. The PIE program supports students and schools with incentive opportunities, in-kind donations, fundraising, and volunteerism.

“We have great partnerships,” Adame said. “We build relationships that last for years. We are happy to help students and teachers by2016 Schools businesses collaborate1 providing them incentives, and judging science fairs and talent shows… we are family to them.”

Orientation day for campus liaisons also is exciting because it’s an opportunity to establish relationships, new partnerships and collaborate with other liaisons to grow their programs.

“Meeting new partners means so much to our campus,” Marla Sanchez, parent liaison at O’Shea Keleher. “This program benefits our students and our staff. Our partners give incentives, they provide the motivation and support that our students need in school.”

New to the Team SISD PIE program are Zero to 60 Motor Speedway, the Elks Organization, and Crime Stoppers of El Paso.

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