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Roosevelt Elementary Celebrates New Community School Partnership!

Roosevelt Elementary Celebrates New Community School Partnership!
Posted on 01/01/2018
Roosevelt Elementary Celebrates New Community School Partnership!

Allentown, Pa.  – Allentown School District, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV), Communities in Schools Lehigh Valley, Capital BlueCross, TeenWorks™, and Roosevelt Elementary will commemorate the latest United Way Community School collaboration during the school’s Winter Celebration on Thursday, December 14. The school holds this special event each year; this year, it’s the backdrop for the announcement of the corporate partnership of Capital BlueCross and TeenWorks™.  Along with financial support from each organization, the parties commit to volunteer engagement at the school.                                                                    

The celebration will include community and educational leaders, students, staff and families.


WHEN:  Thursday, December 14, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Roosevelt Elementary School, 210 W Susquehanna St., Allentown, PA

  • 6:00 - 6:10 El Sistema performance
  • 6:10 - 6:15 Community Partners place ornaments on tree
  • 6:15 - 6:20 Introduction of Capital BlueCross and TeenWorks™
  • 6:20 - 6:30 Word from Capital BlueCross and TeenWorks™
  • 6:30 - 7:30 - Celebration Stations
    • Pictures with Santa
    • Cookies and Hot Cocoa with Capital Blue Storytime
    • Kwanza - Drum Circle
    • Los Posados - Pinata making
    • US - Christmas ornaments
    • Theatre Seekers Play
    • Books with Capital Blue

  • Marci Ronald-Lesko, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  •  Gregg Potter, Capital BlueCross
  •  Thomas Parker, Superintendent, Allentown School District
  • Nashira Williams, Community School Coordinator, Roosevelt Elementary
  • Tim Mulligan, CEO/President, Communities in Schools Lehigh Valley
  • Roosevelt Elementary students and families
  • El Sistema musicians
  • TeenWorks™ volunteers
  • Capital BlueCross volunteers                   


United Way Community Schools organize programs and services in one central place for students and families – their school. These programs and services remove barriers to learning, create positive youth development, and empower parents to strengthen their role as partners in education. The model convenes companies, non-profits, mentors, tutors, and other community aid to ensure higher success rates for students. As a result, United Way Community School students have improved reading and math scores and excel in other academic areas.


“United Way believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed, and a solid strategy around education certainly helps pave the way,” says Jill Pereira, Senior Director of Education, UWGLV. “The Community School partnership we’re applauding has very strong leaders in Capital BlueCross, TeenWorks™, and local labor.  The collaboration, supported by Community in Schools Lehigh Valley and UWGLV, will help create broader and deeper opportunities for the students and families of Roosevelt and the surrounding community, leading to triumphs in the classroom and in life.”


“Everyone involved is looking forward to rolling up their sleeves and getting to work,” remarked Gregg Potter, Senior Labor Relations Consultant for Capital BlueCross and President of Lehigh Valley Labor Council.  “Trade apprentices are required to perform community service and several retiree groups are looking for projects for which members can utilize their talents.  Additionally, TeenWorks™ board members - adults and teens - are ready to volunteer.” 


Mission of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley:The mission of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is to provide the leadership, convene the partnerships and develop the resources and solutions that improve our community. We remain committed to these goals and sincerely appreciate the continued support of partners, program providers and donors throughout the Lehigh Valley.

About TeenWorks™: Formed in 1999, TeenWorks™ is a collaboration between Lehigh Valley labor unions and local teens. The TeenWorks™ board is made up of a diverse group of teens and adults who help to encourage and endow young, local applicants who want to better their communities. To date, TeenWorks™ has funded over 450 projects with dollars exceeding $500,000 through United Wayof the Greater Lehigh Valley workplace campaign donations.

About the Allentown School District: ASD serves more than 17,000 students in a network of 22 early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools throughout the city of Allentown, PA. The District is the third largest urban school district out of 500 districts in the Commonwealth. The District’s Mission focuses on providing a safe, rigorous and engaging educational experience that prepares all students to excel in learning and life to guide ASD students on their individual journey to realize their aspirations whether they be college, career or technical focus. ASD goals are aligned and compatible with the Pathways to Success Framework while providing a balanced education to all students. Allentown School District employs approximately 2,200 teachers, staff and administrators. The District, founded in 1866 serves students from 51 countries speaking 26 languages with nearly 90 percent household qualifying as low income. ASD is committed to ensuring that all students have equal access to education programs and resources.

About Capital BlueCross:Capital BlueCross, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., is the leading health solutions and insurance company in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. A partner in the community’s health for nearly 80 years, Capital BlueCross offers health insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our customers.

More than a health insurer, the company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses that is creating a healthier future and lowering health care costs. Among these solutions are patient-focused care models, leading-edge data analytics, and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital BlueCross is growing a network of Capital Blue stores that provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit

About Communities in Schools Lehigh Valley:  Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization bringing coordinated, integrated student supports into public schools to meet the needs of at-risk students.  Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Cities In Schools of Bethlehem opened its doors in 1983 and became Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley in 1994.  Since then, the agency has provided site coordinators to deliver integrated student supports to schools, provide alternative education support services, implement student health initiatives, deliver career services, coordinate after-school and summer programs, and provide support services to young fathers.  Our goal continues to be the same: to stop the drop out epidemic and provide every opportunity to help kids graduate from high school.