School Recourse Officer
“It takes a village to raise a child.” The old proverb acknowledges that only by partnering with our community organizations and working together can we best serve our students. Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico 6-12 Campus embraces this idea as we partner with our community to serve all of our students in grades 6-12.
On July 1, Officer Jim Miller joined the PLT team as our first School Resource Officer. Officer Miller has been a positive presence on campus so that students and staff can worry less about safety and focus more on learning. Officer Miller’s role on our campus was made possible by a joint agreement between the PLT School Board and the City of Prophetstown.
In partnership with the Prophetstown Park District, we opened our renovated athletic courts and batting cages with the support of Prophetstown’s Kenneth and Arletta Moore Foundation, a philanthropic foundation whose goal it is to improve the quality of life in Prophetstown for all residents. These athletic facilities are open to the community, and we love seeing our students and community members making use of these new athletic spaces.
Our staff members have also partnered with our students in a program we have borrowed from our co-op partner Erie HS, called “Panther Pals.” Panther Pals are pairings between staff and students focused on mentoring and encouraging students throughout the year with encouraging notes and occasional treats.
Because of the importance of community partnerships, our students and staff work to give back to the community as well. Several of our staff and student organizations volunteer regularly to serve at our community kitchen, Pat’s Table.
We are also continuing a PLT tradition we started last year: our Community Service Days in the fall and spring. Students and staff work in service teams to clean parks, mentor elementary students, and improve local assisted living facilities.
Our community partners help us advance learning in the classroom as well. The Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico Education Foundation provides financial support each year through grants for value-added programs, supplies, and experiences for our students. One recent grant helped our visual art department purchase art screens to display student artwork in our Campus Commons.
Our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) also works tirelessly to raise funds for classroom grants and improve opportunities for students. Local businesses have recently donated gift cards for our “Students of the Month” who are recognized by staff for going above and beyond in the classroom.
Thanks to all our community partners for your continued support! We could not accomplish our mission of engaging, equipping and empowering students without each of you.