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Federal Programs Department welcomes Fox as outreach liaison

The GIPS Federal Programs Department is excited to announce Anna Fox as the new Community and Family Outreach Liaison. In her position, Fox will focus on community schools, working to establish partnerships and plan with community organizations to offer educational and health opportunities to GIPS students and families.

The Community and Family Outreach Liaison position is a critical piece of opening the district’s first community school at Lincoln Elementary this year. As a part of the collaborative effort between the district, Lincoln Elementary, and Heartland United Way, Fox’s role will be to connect with community partners and coordinate the community schools calendar.

GIPS Chief of Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement Jennifer Worthington said the district, Lincoln Elementary and Heartland United Way will all be partners and members of a steering committee working together on community schools. “The job of the GIPS central office,” she said, “is to recruit partners who can work to address identified needs.”

Fox has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, with a major in criminal justice and a minor in social work. Worthington said Fox’s background and previous work in supporting families will be an asset in her new position.

“I have experience working with children and families through my role as an ongoing caseworker with the Department of Health and Human Services and providing case management to individuals needing parenting support or placing their child for adoption,” Fox said. “In my roles, I have worked with many different individuals who all came from a variety of backgrounds. I have experience locating resources for my clients that will set them up for success.”

In addition to her work with community schools, Fox will also collaborate on parent and family engagement in Title I schools, working to build relationships and foster school-community partnerships. She will also work to coordinate extended learning opportunities, such as Makerspace, at the district level.

She said is looking forward to continuing to support families and students in her new role.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of such a great group of individuals,” Fox said. “I am excited to work towards building the Community Schools program and see our families thrive from the program.“

As the program gets underway, Worthington said, the GIPS central office will work to create an annual calendar so families can know what is happening throughout the year. Lincoln Elementary will share the schedule with families and coordinate services and families to utilize the services. Heartland United Way will assist families more with community needs.

“Establishing the district’s first Community School is outlined in our strategic plan as a way to partner with our community,” Worthington said. “Having Anna in place will make a huge impact on the success of this initiative. We know it will have an impact on supporting our students, their families and, ultimately, their ability to thrive.”

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