Dear Community Residents:Inspired to Lead. Prepared to Succeed. Palisades is committed to providing the best and most enriching experience for our students and their families. In addition to our primary charge of educating students, we strongly believe that developing community partnerships is extremely important and integral to the district's success. We offer a multitude of opportunities for our community members to become involved in our district's operations, and we are happy to say that the level of volunteerism and collaboration with community members is very high in this district! Some of the opportunities that we have for our community members include, but are not limited to the following experiences:
- Become a member of PACT - Partners in Action for Community Togetherness - this coalition's work is geared towards empowering students to stay safe and drug/alcohol free.
- Join a service organization such as the Lion's Club - many groups such as these are active in our community and partner with district students, staff and administrators to support programs in our district.
- Volunteer at a Red Cross Shelter (as needed) - during Hurricane Sandy, our high school became a shelter site for the Red Cross; we called upon our residents to help with various volunteer activities during that time of need for our community.
- Become a PEARL Senior Volunteer - Palisades residents who are age 65 and over and earn less than $35,000 may become a volunteer in our schools, making them eligible to receive a property tax rebate in exchange for their service.
- Join the Palisades Community Foundation - this group of active business leaders and other volunteers work tirelessly to help support programs and projects throughout our district - a key fundraiser for this group is their Annual 5K Challenge.
- Become a sponsor or donor - through monies donated by sponsors and other individuals, we are able to provide exemplary programming without burdening our taxpayers further - sponsorship opportunities include advertising on our Web site, in our stadium, in our printed calendar and on our Service Electric channel. Donations often help to offset costs associated with programs or may be used to provide funding for students who are not able to pay the cost of field trips, for example - many options are available and very welcome.
- Attend board meetings - our school board meetings are posted on our Web site calendar and are generally held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. They begin at 7:30PM and are held at the high school - board committee meetings are held each month also; the dates are also on our calendar. We welcome and encourage public attendance at all meetings of the school board.
- Attend a gallery opening, musical performance, athletic or other event - we welcome you to attend any of these events which are often posted on our Web site calendar. Any gold card holders - senior citizens must present their ID at the district office to obtain a card - are admitted for FREE!
- Participate in a Community School Program class or visit our Chris Creveling Fitness Center (at PHS) - Classes are held throughout the year and the schedule is both mailed and posted on our Web site; in addition, the Chris Creveling Fitness Center is open to the community Monday through Thursday from 6-8:30PM and on Saturday mornings from 9AM until noon. There is usually an inexpensive fee attached to classes and to the fitness center - there are often workshops held at no cost to residents of our district.
We would not be able to provide the wonderful opportunities that we can for our students and community members without the support of our community partners. Getting involved in any of the aforementioned opportunities (or others that become available) is the best way to stay connected to our school district and to see your tax dollars at work. We welcome your involvement and look forward to seeing you!
If you have any questions, or if I can help in any way, please feel free to contact me.
Donna V. Holmes
Director of Community Relations and Development
phone: 610-847-5131, ext. 2401