Our staff and Costco have collaborated on numerous
events to help increase
parent involvement in our school. Costco
has helped us facilitate and plan two
major community events that turned out
to be a great success. Costco played an
important part in planning and helping at
our 1st Annual Community Resources
Fair, and our Holiday Open
House/Reading Night at one of our
resource shelters in the neighborhood.
Resource Fair was a
success thanks to Costco. Dick Snyder
rallied community businesses and
resources to participate in our fair. We
were able to get our Spenard
Community’s Fire Department here, as
well as several other resources that can
help our families. The fair not only provided
our families with a wealth of
resources, but the children were also
inundated with delicious food and entertainment
provided by Costco.
In December, Dick Snyder and his
team helped plan and attend a reading
night at one of the resource shelters in
our community. Many of our students live
at this shelter and we wanted to make
connections with these families. Our goal
was to encourage them to try and stay in
our school zone when they were planning
to move into their own home. With
Costco’s help, our staff was able to have
a wonderful night at the shelter. We had
a great dinner, that Costco donated, and
then talked about the importance of
reading at home with their children.
Costco invited teachers to pick out
appropriate leveled books from their
store to be donated to the shelter for
these children. Costco generously donated
over $500 worth of books for the children’s
room at the center as well as adult
books for the parents!
Each year Costco supplies every student
with a backpack full of school items.
This annual event has been a highlight to
both the students and staff at Willow
Costco has provided
food for our students and their families on many
Costco has been providing snacks
for field trips, family night events, snacks
for the school nurse to hand out, as well
as snacks during our week of formal testing.
They also donated many holiday dinners
to families at Willow Crest.
In February, Costco invited
to attend a reading training they were
providing to their employees. Great conversations
were held about the needs of
our students as well as advice to help
implement their reading program. Plans
were made to start the phonetic reading
program in the fall of 2004.