How can your business or other community organization prosper – while making a big difference? Consider a school-community partnership! To form a partnership, a Henrico County school teams up with a community group or business in a cooperative relationship. Partnerships can be big or small, wide-ranging or tightly focused. They can include contributions of materials or funds, direct assistance to students, staff support or something else. But all partnerships have some things in common.

School-Community Partnerships

A school-community partnership: 

  • Pairs a school with a business, faith-based group or another community organization.
  • Is mutually beneficial.
  • Is ongoing or has the potential to be ongoing.
  • Involves shared values, objectives, and/or human or financial resources.
  • Must produce an outcome that enhances the learning environment.
  • Includes specific, agreed-upon responsibilities of both the school and community group.

Community partners provide a variety of services:

  • Rewards and incentives for achievement
  • Enhanced instruction and workshops
  • Healthy food, clothing and other basic needs
  • Discounts and appreciation for teachers
  • Spirit nights and other fundraisers
  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • School supplies
  • Landscaping and other improvements
  • Donations of money and materials

See how community organizations and businesses are helping our schools – and benefitting themselves.

Find schools near your business, church or home.

The HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations oversees the school-community partnership program, and can help direct you to a possible partner school. Schools and community organizations work out the details of their partnership together, and fill out a joint partnership agreement form, which must then be approved.

Contact Information:

Van-Neisha Johnson, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, 804-389-8326