Parkville Network Success Stories

The Network is proud to be a partner in support of AVID!

The Student Support Network supports the AVID program, a wonderful program in schools that helps to prepare all students, using a student-centered approach, to prepare for college. We recently supplied styluses for high school seniors at Parkville HS – here is a message from the AVID coordinator: “Using technology effectively is part of our curriculum in AVID. We want students to be comfortable with technology so they can utilize it in their classes and for study tools. The stylus allows a student to annotate text directly on a document without typing. It also allows them to be more creative with their notes and use color coding, both of which are shown to enhance learning retention. All of our students were issued devices that include a touch screen feature, but the students did not have styluses to use this function effectively. The styluses opened a door to more tech tools for them and they greatly appreciate them!”

Learn more about the AVID program

See the students’ thank you notes below.

School Kickoff, August 2018

Many thanks to Amy, Abby, and Jack McConnor (Jack working in another room), Sharon Childs, and Sharon Walker for their help in filling backpacks with school supplies for Parkville High School. We reached our initial goal of providing 50 backpacks for the beginning of the school year, and plan to do more!

A Successful Summer of 2018 for ESOL Students

These are messages of gratitude from students attending the summer school ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program at Parkville. Most of these students also work in the summer to help support their families.  The Parkville Network provided food and personal care items, which were available occasionally after school sessions and stocked in a classroom.

AVID College Visit, April 2018

In April, 2018, 50 honors students from the AVID program at Parkville High School visited the University of Maryland at College Park – a trip funded by a donor to the Parkville Network.

Board of Education Spring Recognition Event, April 2018

At the Baltimore County Board of Education Spring Recognition Event held April 11, 2018, Laurie Taylor-Mitchell accepted a certificate of recognition from Superintendent White and Board of Education members for the Parkville Network’s programs at Parkville High School.  The award ceremony was held at Loch Raven High School.

Laurie Taylor-Mitchell receiving an award for the Parkville Network.

Laurie Taylor-Mitchell and Maureen Astarita, Principal of Parkville High School, at the awards ceremony.

March 2018, Ascension Lutheran Church Easter Drive

Ascension Lutheran Church on York Road held an Easter Egg Hunt on March 24, 2018 and donations were collected for Parkville High School

February, 2018: Anonymous Donor Gives $7,000 to the Parkville Network

An anonymous Parkville resident gave $7,000 to the Parkville Network in honor of Dr. Richard O. Cook, VMD, known as “Doc” to many, who passed away in 2017.  To read about this generous donation, given through the R.O. Cook Family Foundation, Click here To see the impact that just one part of the donation made on the students at Parkville High School, read the letter from Master Sergeant Ruffin, MCJROTC Instructor at Parkville:  Read More

Photo of Dr. Richard O. “Doc” Cook, VMD, in whose memory a $7,000 donation was made to the Parkville Network.

Winter Clothing Drive, January 2018

A winter clothing drive was held in early January, 2018, to provide warm coats, hats, and gloves for students who needed them.

Before: staff getting students’ attention for coats, hats and gloves, January 2018.

After: Happy students getting winter clothes during January 2018 clothing drive.

Adopt a Family holiday event at Parkville High School, December, 2017

The Adopt a Family holiday program benefited 16 families.

Donations stored in a school office for the Adopt a Family program, December 2017.

Boxes of gifts and items arriving at Parkville High School for the December, 2017, Adopt a Family holiday program

School staff collecting and organizing donations at Parkville High School for the Adopt a Family program, December 2017.

Fall 2017 Support of the AVID program

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.

Fall, 2017: Councilwoman Cathy Bevins (6th District), supporters, and students of the AVID program – the AVID program has been supported by Councilwoman Bevins and the Parkville Network.

August 2017:  Summer Drive sponsored by Empower4Life benefitted Parkville High School

Donations loaded onto a truck during the August 2017 Empower4Life drive.

The Parkville Pantry after receiving donations from the August 2017 drive.