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Plano ISD Applauds Congressional Resolution on Family Service Learning

September 13, 2016

Members of Congress, including Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Sam Johnson, introduced a resolution acknowledging the broad benefits of family service learning. The resolution designated the week of September 12-16 as "National Family Service Learning Week."

Family service learning is a multi-generational method developed by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) Among its many benefits, family service learning improves workforce and literacy skills while enabling parents to become stronger teachers and role models for their children.

Through family service learning, children and families learn and solve problems together with active participation in service that is conducted in and meets the needs of their community, is focused on children and families solving community issues together and applies 21st century college and career readiness skills for children and relevant workforce training skills for adults.

Family volunteers including a small boy with screw driver building libraries.

Plano ISD Council of PTAs volunteer (right) and Plano Literacy School family volunteer with a helpful little builder and his screw driver work together.

In March of 2016 at Harrington Public Library in Plano, families from Plano ISD's Family Literacy School came together to build 20 Little Free Libraries during a state-wide tour of the "Across America with Little Free Library" outreach campaign. Volunteers worked side-by-side to build the Little Free Libraries. They included family participants of the Plano ISD Family Literacy School, members of the Plano ISD Education Foundation Board and the Plano ISD Council of PTAs. Also joining in the effort was Plano ISD Board of Trustees Vice President Nancy Humphrey pictured below.

Volunteers including Board VP Nancy Humphrey building little libraries

Board of Trustees Vice President Nancy Humphrey (center) and Plano Family Literacy School family volunteers put the finishing touches on a library.

This service learning project, was made possible in Plano ISD by a Toyota Family Learning grant. The grant engaged families in community outreach and culminated a two-week state-wide tour of Little Free Libraries, helping to fulfill the national nonprofit's mission to promote a love of reading and to bring communities together through free book exchanges. This event was part of ongoing efforts of the Plano ISD Family Literacy School and the families they serve to be involved in community outreach through service learning projects. Read more about this community event.

Family learning benefits children, families, schools and communities. Representative Sam Johnson said, "I speak from experience when I say that strong families make for a strong country...Families are each other's best support system, and they are the backbone of America."

Family Volunteers

Family volunteers pose for pictures after a day of creating.

Finished Libraries

Finished Little Free Libraries.

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View families and district volunteers in action on March 15, 2016 building "Little Free Libraries" and the results of their efforts in this photo gallery.