Hamilton County, OH November 2, 1999 Election
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Dr. Florence Newell's Volunteer Activities

By Florence Newell

Candidate for Board Member; Cincinnati City School District

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Highlights of Florence Newell's volunteer activities in schools and in the community
Dr. Florence Newell has been involved in manv volunteer activities. in schools and in the community. Florence Newell is a member, Roselawn Community Planning for Student Success, Planning Committee. The Roselawn Community Council was awarded a planning grant to develop a proposal for ideas for providing opportunities for the community to be ii-tvolved ii-t the achievement of the students who attend Losantiville and Roselawn Condon, The work of this committee is grounded in the principle that creating stronger community support for students will result in improved student performance.

Since, 1996, Florence Newell has served as the chair of the LSDMC of Hays Elementary School. She worked closely with the committee and other teachers to develop the budget for this academic year. Florence Newell has been involved at Hays since 1990 when she began by serving on the Parent Involvement and the Discipline Committees and by telling stories in every class room in the building.

Florence Newell committee work is not limited to Tiays. She is a member of the Project Succeed Academy Advisory Board and attends the Parent/ Community Review Committee of Students First.

In 1989, Florence Newell founded and directed a weekly, community learning and tutoring program called 'Adventures in Learning." 'Adventures in Learning," held at the Hirsch Recreation Center, was supported by volunteers from the university community and the Avondale community. Members of the congregation of the First Unitarian Church donated materials, became volunteers, and acquired a grant to purchase a computer for the program which ran for seven years. ""Adventures in Learning is an example of how Dr. Newell is able to generate support for student learning beyond the classroom.

Dr. Florence Newell has been actively involved in the community bv sharing her expertise through presentations and speeches in schools, the community, and in churches. The following is a list of Florence Newell's community presentations:

  • "The Importance of Reading as a Family,' Families Read Together and Families Forward Black History Celebration, Hays Elementary School
  • "Continuing to Involve Parents in Literacy Learning,' Families Forward
  • "Literacy Connections Between the Home and School,' Family Presentation, Price Hill Community Center
  • "Encouraging Continued Parental Involvement in the Literacy Development of Their Children," Faculty In-Service and Family Presentation, Rockdale Elementary School
  • "Telling Stories and Storytelling," NAACP Youth Council Family Affair, Melrose Y.M.C.A.
  • "Learning About Our Heritage Through Storytelling,' in Celebration of Black History Month, Hamilton County and Cincinnati Public Library, Pleasant Ridge Branch
  • "Parents and Schools,' Special Needs Seminar, Southern Baptist Church
  • "Ways in Which Parents Can Encourage Literacy Learning," Open House, Hays Elementary School
  • "Supporting Literacy Development in the Home," Faculty In-Service and Family Presentation, Rockdale Elementary School

Florence Newell is a member of the following civic and community organizations-

  • American Association of University Professors
  • Bond Hill Community Council
  • Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus
  • Cincinnati Women's Minority Network
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Coalition
  • N.A.A.C.P.
  • Parents for Public Education
  • Roselawn Community Council

Dr. Florence Newell has received several awards including the following:

  • Cincinnati Community Video Award of Volunteer Excellence Volunteer Recognition Award, Families Forward
  • Exemplary Achievement in Education, the Project Succeed Parent Association
  • Award of Appreciation, Project Succeed Summer School
  • Outstanding Achievement, CCV-"Portraits of Black Americans Who Changed Our World," A Series of 29 Documentaries, Celebrating Black History Month
  • Award of Appreciation, Hays Elementary School
  • 1989 Educator of the Year, Valley Area Council of P.T.A., Southwestern Region of the State of Ohio
  • 1999 Educator of the Year, Blue Ash Elementary School P.T. A., Sycamore Community School District

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