Site 3: Parking Lot

Our virtual tour of a Family Friendly Partnership School combines the concepts of architecture and improvement planning for a sustained program of actions by educators and families.

Parking Lot:

  • Guest parking spaces are reserved near the building for the convenience of the visitors.
  • Handicapped parking is available.
  • A staff member and/or a parent volunteer greets visitors near the parking lot in a safe designated area.
  • Coffee @ the Curb is an example of a program idea as a morning arrival welcome for families to encourage conversation.

Lots of guest parking spaces marked “VISITOR” can be found in the parking lots of the three school buildings (elementary, intermediate/junior high and the high school) in the Cardington-Lincoln Local School District. Superintendent Mark Wilcheck, said it is important for the public to have a place to park when visiting the schools. It definitely makes them feel welcome! For more information contact: Mark Wilcheck, Superintendent (detail contact information provided within the sidebar of this page).

Coffee at the Curb

Coffee at the Curb is an activity sponsored by the Community Action Team of Mansfield City Schools. Meet the families in a safe area as they drop off their children at school in the morning.  Another option would be to offer this gesture of kindness at the end of the school day. A beverage and a message packet are distributed. The message packet could include: “remember to vote” information, tips for parents, etc. This message packet is assembled by local Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) members. To contact the nearest RSVP, call toll-free (800) 424-8867 or visit

The beverage could be a cup of coffee with a message packet, which includes not only a message but coffee creamer, sugar and a stirrer. Instead of coffee, other hot beverages (i.e., cocoa, tea, etc.) could be served. A cold beverage (i.e., cider in the fall, etc.) would be a safe alternative if students were helping with the project.

You could invite administrators and/or teachers to help with the project too. The families would be impressed, as they dropped off their children at school, if they were greeted by the principal or a teacher. For more information about this project, contact: Deb McKee, Family Involvement (detail contact information provided within the sidebar of this page).

Tailgate Party

The Girl Scouts of Buckeye Trails Council has provided for families, lemonade in the parking lot of a  school where an after school program took place.   They found it to be a successful way to interact with the families and inform them about all the programs the council offers. For more information about the "tailgate party" and other council activities, contact: Nancy Bleil, Senior Director of Customer Service Girl Scouts of Buckeye Trail Council (detail contact information provided within the sidebar of this page).

Last Modified: 4/15/2013 1:17:17 PM