Filed Under: Be the Spark™, General, Vibrant Community - Posted @ 12:00am
Kristen Schroeder is the principal at James Sales Elementary in the Franklin Pierce School District located in Parkland. Parkland and the area surrounding James Sales are frequently viewed negatively and represented by the many negative statistics and high rates of problems. What isn’t often represented is what is good about the community including the positive events, changes, programs and ongoing interactions taking place. Kristen is working to change those perceptions and make James Sales a beacon for the community.
Each day, the students and staff at James Sales Elementary begin the day reciting a cheer that was crafted by the staff to instill a message of hope:
We are smart!
We work hard!
We are thankful!
We are exceptional!
We are loved!
There is perhaps no better role model for hopeful, optimistic and hard working outlook than James Sales' principal, Kristen Schroeder.
"Kristen has developed programs within the school to create a positive and healthy environment for students and their families and is now reaching beyond the school into the surrounding community," shares Sarah Kluesner, Franklin Pierce YOUTH FIRST! Drug Free Communities Coordinator, who nominated Kristen.
Kristen's relentless enthusiasm and hard work recently caught the eye of the Ellen DeGeneres
show. Ellen awarded James Sales with $100,000 in funding from the Ellen Degeneres show and Target Corporation to start a community playground. Combined with other grant funding that Kristen successfully sought, the playground and the community will be celebrating the completion of phase one with an event at the new playground today, May 19.
With the new playground well underway, Kristen successfully sought Parkland's designation as a “Playful City USA,” and is now looking at how to access the opportunities that designation opens up for changing the broader perceptions of Parkland.
"Kristen wants to make visible the many opportunities to be playful, healthy, safe and engaged and she wants this image to become the norm," shares Sarah. "She has already accomplished this with James Sales and is on her way to making great changes in Parkland!"
Thank you, Kristen, for sparking positive change in Parkland!
Be sure to check out the video of Kristen and her students on the Ellen DeGeneres show!
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