Parkville News and Events

Important Grant Received From Divinity Lutheran Church, November 2019

The Student Support Network has received a grant of $12,000 from Divinity Lutheran Church in Towson to support food programs at Parkville High School for two years. We are deeply grateful to the Endowment Committee and members of Divinity Lutheran for this extremely generous support, which will help hundreds of students at risk of hunger and food insecurity at the high school. The funds will be used to purchase food for the offices of the three Student Resource Officers at Parkville, who all distribute food to hungry students. The Officers have reported improvements in discipline, attendance, and trust in school staff after the Network began purchasing food for their offices. Through this grant, the Network will be able to increase funding for their efforts in 2020 and 2021. Thank you, Divinity Lutheran Church!

Student Resource Officer at Parkville High School

Linden Heights United Methodist Church Supports Network Schools, August and September 2019

The Student Support Network is grateful to the Mission Committee and congregation of Linden Heights United Methodist Church in Parkville for their continuing support of Pine Grove Middle and Parkville High Schools. The church will have donation drives benefiting these schools in their local community. This month, they are collecting on behalf of teachers – items such as pre-sharpened pencils, earbuds, sketchbooks for art, dividers, fidget/stress balls, hand sanitizers, boxed tissues, Clorox wipes, and labels for the front of binders. In September, they will be collecting on behalf of students: hair brush and combs, deodorant, shampoo (small or medium), toothpaste, individually wrapped toothbrushes, face/body wash, lint rollers, snack bars, fruit cups, peanut butter, cheese crackers, canned tuna or chicken, boxed tuna with crackers, microwave shelf stable dinners, baked beans, cereal cups, and canned items with self open lids.

SSN Celebrates Parkville High AVID Program Students, Spring 2019

This spring, the Student Support Network celebrated the wonderful accomplishments of the students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Parkville High School, freshmen through seniors. A total of 61 students made the Honor Roll and the Program GPA for the quarter was 2.84, which is again well above the school and county average. Two students had 4.0 averages. We celebrated with popsicles and certificates. The Network is a proud supporter of these students and their hard work in the AVID program!

The Parkville Pantry Pledge For 600 Exceeded Its Goal, March 16, 2019!

The Parkville Pantry Pledge for 600 exceeded its goal of 600 donations and/or $600 by the deadline of March 16, and Parkville High School will get the complete matching funds of $600, for a total of $1,200 in items and monetary donations. Thank you, supporters of the Parkville Network and our two generous anonymous donors!

News On The AVID program At Parkville: From Julie Evans, Coordinator, March 2019

“We had our AVID Open House last night where we welcomed the new applicants that we had been inviting on our previous 3 visits to the feeder middle school. Here are a few smiles attached. The kids are so appreciative of the food at these events and the snacks provided by the Student Support Network. Some of them stayed and worked from 2:30 – 7:30 and some came after practice, then toured the whole school several times. I was very proud of them. We had over 80 guests attending our school last night, and the awesome AVID students made them feel welcome and excited to be a part of it all. We had 63 students sign in and step up as leaders and even more that stopped by after their games to share their school spirit with our guests. The AVID students exhibited professionalism and positivity in their greetings, tours, interviews, and set up and clean up efforts. I am always so proud of our kids after these events and so grateful for you who nurture their spirits and encourage them to step out and grow.”

The Network is proud of these students – the presentation on “before and after AVID” says it all!

New Donations to ESOL and AVID Programs at Parkville High School, September 2018

The AVID program at Parkville has some major new patrons: Susan and Jeff Dorsey, and Cheri and Bob Pegues.  Susan and Jeff will contribute $100 a month to the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which helps students in very challenging life circumstances receive the support they need to succeed in high school and beyond.  From their website:  “75% of AVID students are from a low socioeconomic status background, and 80% are underrepresented students. Nevertheless, they outperform their peers in crucial metrics nationwide.” The Dorsey’s generous donation has already had an effect!  Beginning this school year, Cheri and Bob Pegues will contribute $100 a month to both the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and AVID programs at Parkville, for a total contribution of $2400 this year.  This new support will allow the Chairs of these programs to provide more academic support and also provide school supplies for students in need at both programs.  Together the AVID and ESOL programs at Parkville include hundreds of students. Cheri, a graduate of Parkville High School, is also the new lead volunteer for the Network program there and has been busy organizing the pantry and delivering supplies to school teachers and staff.  She has made a phenomenal start and we are so fortunate to have her!

AVID students at Parkville High School, summer 2018

A class of AVID students at Parkville HS, summer 2018

Two Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 10175 of Lutherville helping to deliver over 400 back-to-school bags to the ESOL program at Parkville High School.

Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 10175 of Lutherville with their donations to the ESOL program.

We are so excited to welcome Cheri Pegues to the Parkville Network as our new Lead Volunteer!

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, click here:  Read More

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