A tradition, a trust
Grady alumnus named 2014 Community Champion
Grady College alumnus Tom Hagley Jr. (MMC '92), chief of staff at Vancouver Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington, was recognized Sept. 9 with the 2014 Community Champion award for his leadership of the district's Family-Community Resource Centers (FCRCs). The award, given by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, recognizes a community member for making a positive difference in the region.
Hagley oversaw the development of 12 FCRCs in Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) over the past six years. The FCRC network is a proactive approach to turning around poverty-impacted schools by forging connections among community partners, agencies, and VPS students and their families. Decades of experience and research show that poverty adversely impacts student achievement. By providing for basic needs and offering educational programs and academic support, FCRCs help students arrive at school ready to learn. The centers also give parents and families a place where they can gather to learn about services, take classes, and become more engaged in their schools.
With Hagley's leadership, the number of partnerships between VPS' FCRCs and the greater Vancouver community, including local businesses, has grown from 22 to 733. Partner contributions now total $3.2 million per year, resulting in a 4:1 return on investment. For every district dollar spent on the FCRCs, VPS receives $4 of value from partners. These partners, who often participate in FCRC planning and oversight, have a clear stake in school outcomes. Business partners, especially, understand the potential impact of student success. Through FCRC support, VPS is cultivating graduates who are better-prepared for the workforce.
"Meeting the needs of children and families is imperative to creating a better community, and Tom has been instrumental in making this a priority," wrote Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools' Steve Hill, immediate past president, and Rhona Sen Hoss, executive director.
The newest edition of Grady News has arrived and is packed with information for our alumni. Designed with a cover of classic Grady images through the years, the newsletter includes the following topics:
- Update on Centennial events
- Invitations to Freedom Sings Concert Oct. 2 and Homecoming Oct. 4
- Recognition of our 40 Under 40 Grady alumni representatives
- Introduction of our new faculty members
- Overview of Grady's domestic and study-abroad programs
- Update on where Grady stands in alumni giving
If you are a Grady alum who did not receive a copy of the newsletter in the mail, please contact Diane Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org), director, alumni and outreach.