CAMPBELL PARK ELEMENTARY INITIATIVE
Campbell Park Elementary School sits in the shadow of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and serves 646 children, 86 percent of whom are on the free or reduced lunch program. Several strategies have been put in place at the school. To help children get to school safely, United Way, Jabil Circuit, the Tampa Bay Rays, the City of St. Petersburg, and All Children’s Hospital created Walking School Buses. More than 145 children walk eight routes to school every day, accompanied by parent volunteers. Tardiness has dropped by half. Parents’ basic needs are being addressed with benefits assistance, budgeting classes, back-to-school supplies and holiday gifts. Through our partner agencies, early learning and youth development programs are being expanded.
- Campbell Park Elementary serves 617 students (46 percent female).
- School grades: C school in 2009 – 2010 and 2010 – 2011 school years; D school in 2012 – 2013; F school in 2013 – 2014.
- 20 percent have a disability and 94 percent are economically disadvantaged.
- 0.1 percent are English language learners.
- 21 percent are suspended each year.
- 25 percent missed 21 or more days of school each year.
- Students are comprised of 85.5 percent African American, 16 percent white, 12.9 percent multiracial, 3 percent Hispanic, .01 percent Asian.
- 94 percent of students are in the free and reduced lunch program.
- Needs assessment identified that students lack role models, leading to poor outcomes for youth.
- Program funded by the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Walking School Bus: Addresses the problem of children missing school and tardiness.
- Religious Community Services: Provides resources/referrals for families attending school.
- Parents Getting Involved Program: Addresses the challenges of low parent involvement and increases parent advocacy for children; increases parent volunteerism for Walking School Bus, PTA, and other opportunities as they evolve.
Strategy 1: Work through the school system to meet parents’ basic needs and establish trust.
Strategy 2: Implement strategies to assist parents in getting children safely to school.
Strategy 3: Identify opportunities to expand evidence-based programs that support early learning.
Strategy 4: Identify opportunities to expand evidence-based youth development, emphasizing programs that provide youth with role models.