O.A. Peters Elementary was one of five schools honored this month by the Orange County Human Relations Commission at its third annual Building Bridges Awards. The schools were recognized for their commitment to fostering cultural harmony and promoting ethnic understanding in the community.
Principal Gary Lewis, Administrative Assistant Edie Smith and five members of the Student Council received a $500 cash grant and two plaques on behalf of the school at a recent awards ceremony at Disneyland.
Peters has developed programs to promote community involvement and parent interaction, such as the Parent Institute for Quality Education. The eight-week program, delivered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, has graduated more than 400 parents since its inception, with teachers volunteering to provide child care while the parents attended weekly sessions.
Parents learn how the school and school system work, develop ways to improve communication with administrators, teachers and their children, and review strategies to motivate their children to learn.