Graduation In Shelton Matters
Over 100 interested community members attended a meeting Tuesday evening hosted by a group of individuals launching an effort to improve the Shelton School graduation rate. Those launching the effort are Steve Bloomfield, Seattle Shellfish; Dr. Alex Apostle, Shelton School Superintendent; Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody; SPLASH (Support & Preserve Lifelong Aquatic Safety & Health) Board President Jacquie MacAlevy; SPLASH Board VP Brad Miller; and KMAS Radio owners Dale Hubbard and Jerry Eckenrode.
The group got together after realizing there were several efforts talked about, with nothing happening to positively affect the young people in the community. Both Apostle and Moody had undergone different successful efforts to improve their previous community's graduation rate, and both want to do something to help their new community in Shelton. Bloomfield has the heart of the community in mind, and after recently learning of success stories in the region associated with girls and boys clubs, also wanted to launch an effort to improve his lifelong community without getting in the way of current efforts underway by MacAlevy and Miller's SPLASH results. KMAS's role was to put the people together in the same room to collaborate with existing efforts and provide a grass roots effort to reach the youth of Shelton, utilizing existing resources to deploy the simple things that can be done to help the youth, and make an actual difference in the kids' lives.
The meeting last night was to gain buy-in from the community and to solicit future support in continuing the efforts of both Moody and Apostle. The group also wanted to reaffirm this effort is not to duplicate the push to improve the pool or the feasibility study for a YMCA. A total of 61 people signed on to support the effort, with time, resources, leadership and or financial support. All members of the team were pleased with the results.
Next on the agenda is to bring the original team back together and develop a press release, select a board of directors, establish by-laws, and if need be form a 510-3c. In the meantime, the grass root efforts of both Apostle and Moody will continue with projects they have already set in motion, and now they know there is support and resources to follow!
How GREAT is this effort?
Jerry Eckenrode, Community Correspondent – KMAS Newsradio, September 30, 2015/IMAGE - top is view of the crowd attending the meeting. 2nd image from l-r: Sitting: Steve Bloomfield, Dr. Alex Apostle, Brad Miller, Jacquie MacAlevy and standing is Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody
Agenda from the Tuesday meeting:
Agenda for Kick-Off Meeting:
General Theme: Purpose of the Meeting is "Graduation In Shelton Matters" (stop exporting our kids)
Introduction: Dale Hubbard
• Hold questions
• Turn off your phones and park your egos outside
• You will have an opportunity to make a difference.
Meeting's Purpose: (Steve Bloomfield)
To solicit support from and engage the entire Community in a "grass roots" effort focused on improving the graduation rates in our Community, though utilizing existing resources in the Community.
• Academic achievement (graduation rates)
• Health of the Students
• Teaching life skills/personal growth
• Establish the foundation for success and community pride. Identify pathways to success.
Keep/Continue the current momentum triggered by the SPLASH group. We are not duplicating efforts currently under way.
Jacquie MacAlevy and Brad Miller;
Status the SPASH effort and explain how this effort is not a duplication, but instead a collaboration.
The buy in: (Darrin Moody & Alex Apostle)
Dr. Apostle's previous experience, the effort and the results. The power of Community Support.
Chief Moody talks of the PAL's program the effort and the result. Once again the power of community support.
The Walk away: (Buy in/ the ASK)
• People involved in grassroots efforts are anxious to do something. They are especially anxious to do something MEANINGFUL .
• We are asking you to believe in the boys and girls in our community. Become the activist for the kids and invest in their future which is ultimately the future of Shelton.
• Both Dr. Apostle and Chief Moody are going to proceed with what they know worked for them in the past, in other communities. Your help will make their efforts much more powerful and have the capability of igniting a passion in our Community focused on improving the lives of our youth.
• Commitment (sign up ) to join the effort, a grass roots effort ;
Other items that may be of interest:
• Donations (utilized a 501-3c) Tracking/record keeping.
• Materials needed to support the programs (lunches, computers, etc.) NOT to support Bricks and Mortar.
• Utilize existing resource
• This effort will require a Board of Engaged Champions
• This effort complements the bricks & Mortar efforts currently underway.
• Selecting a board
• press conference to kick off the event/effort
• Establish by-laws
• form a 501-3c