Synergizing with our community partners has helped our school have a greater impact on our community. Great things can be accomplished when schools and businesses work together for the good of the community. For example, our Student Council recently worked with Nash City Hall and Nash State Bank on a three-week drive to collect cans of food and funds for the local Salvation Army. Their collective efforts resulted in 6,000 cans and $400 dollars raised. The Salvation Army stated that this was their largest donation received and that these resources will help them feed people for six months.


Here are a few tips to help you build positive relationships with your community:

  1. Don’t be afraid to reach out! You will be surprised how many businesses want to support your school.
  2. Reach out to your city officials. They can be your greatest advocates and supporters.
  3. Invite local businesses to school events. They share a mutual desire to create and maintain a positive community.
  4. Keep in touch with community stakeholders (churches, business, etc.) and invite them to visit your campus.

Liliana Luna is a principal in Texarkana ISD. This is her 19th year in education and 12th year in administration. She is the TEPSA Region 8 President-Elect and currently serves on the Membership, Marketing and PR Committee.

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), whose hallmark is educational leaders learning with and from each other, has served Texas PK-8 school leaders since 1917. Member owned and member governed, TEPSA has more than 6000 members who direct the activities of 3 million PK-8 school children. TEPSA is an affiliate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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