Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.


To ensure student and family success, Grand Island Public Schools has partnered with Heartland United Way to introduce CommUNITY Schools to the district. CommUNITY Schools are present to establish essential relationships between school, parents, and the community to eliminate barriers and create a solid foundation for student achievement. For many, a lack of time or transportation hinder accessibility to services. By bringing outside agencies to the schools, families are able to identify their needs in a convenient location they trust.

Events are in both English and Spanish, child care is provided at most events, and events are almost always free. They are typically held in the evenings or Saturdays and may include just parents, just students, or the whole family. Some services offered include dental checks, parenting classes, and immunizations. CommUNITY Schools make sure parents have access to and training on GIPS systems, work to eliminate barriers for students and families, expand and promote family engagement and family resources, and provide opportunities for families to support their children’s learning.

Currently, the CommUNITY School serves students attending Lincoln Elementary, their families, and the area around the school, but the district has plans to implement CommUNITY Schools in all quadrants. Already, positive results with the program have been seen. In one event, student Santiago witnessed his parents learning how to provide first aid. With the help of foam school buses, the parents worked on the proper way to administer chest compressions. Santiago was thrilled his parents were learning how to keep him safe at home. 

With the CommUNITY School, goals are to prepare children entering school, attend school consistently, and see students succeed academically. There is also an emphasis on student and family health; physical, social, emotional, and financial. When student and family needs are met, students can attend school and achieve what they are there to do: learn in a stable and supportive environment.

Media Inquiries
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.


To ensure student and family success, Grand Island Public Schools has partnered with Heartland United Way to introduce CommUNITY Schools to the district. CommUNITY Schools are present to establish essential relationships between school, parents, and the community to eliminate barriers and create a solid foundation for student achievement. For many, a lack of time or transportation hinder accessibility to services. By bringing outside agencies to the schools, families are able to identify their needs in a convenient location they trust.

Events are in both English and Spanish, child care is provided at most events, and events are almost always free. They are typically held in the evenings or Saturdays and may include just parents, just students, or the whole family. Some services offered include dental checks, parenting classes, and immunizations. CommUNITY Schools make sure parents have access to and training on GIPS systems, work to eliminate barriers for students and families, expand and promote family engagement and family resources, and provide opportunities for families to support their children’s learning.

Currently, the CommUNITY School serves students attending Lincoln Elementary, their families, and the area around the school, but the district has plans to implement CommUNITY Schools in all quadrants. Already, positive results with the program have been seen. In one event, student Santiago witnessed his parents learning how to provide first aid. With the help of foam school buses, the parents worked on the proper way to administer chest compressions. Santiago was thrilled his parents were learning how to keep him safe at home. 

With the CommUNITY School, goals are to prepare children entering school, attend school consistently, and see students succeed academically. There is also an emphasis on student and family health; physical, social, emotional, and financial. When student and family needs are met, students can attend school and achieve what they are there to do: learn in a stable and supportive environment.

Media Inquiries
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127
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