The Building Bridges Program was created and introduced by the President of the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2003. Given the history of parents in the Bridge Academy's early beginnings, the trustees saw the program as a way to encourage continued parent involvement in supporting the mission of the school and the overall organization. The program was also seen as helping to ensure that the needed and important volunteer work, often used to supplement and compliment the efforts of the school staff, did not become a burden and rest solely on a steady group of a few Bridge Parents and friends of the school.
Research studies, involving both public and private schools, consistently demonstrate that when parents are involved with the academic and social aspects of their child's schooling, students progress and achieve higher levels than those whose parents or guardians were not involved. To realize similar benefits for our students, the Building Bridges program represents the Bridge Academy's policy and expectation that parents will be actively involved with supporting the school for as long as their child is enrolled as a student.
In addition to the Building Bridges program, there are of course other ways in which you can support the school. This program makes it easy and convenient for you to donate your time and energy towards a variety of activities. In most cases you'll work side-by-side with other volunteers and parents, teachers and school staff. For parents of Bridge Academy students, our objective is to have 100% participation in the program and your involvement is expected in at least one academic or social event throughout the course of the school year.
The Building Bridges Program . . . helping you be involved . . . helping our students be successful.