What is F.A.S.T.?
NJEA’s Families and Schools Together Work for Children (FAST) program works to encourage families to be involved in their children’s education, to enhance their academic progress, and to feel welcome in public schools. FAST is a coalition of education advocates, community groups, and schools working together to foster family involvement.
F.A.S.T. Program Activities
To find out how your district can participate, contact Mike Rollins at (609) 599-4561 ext. 2368 or email him below.
To qualify for funding, events need a purposeful component (an ask or activity) for students and their families to partake in. Association members must be included in their interactions. F.A.S.T. events should be welcoming, purposeful, and sustainable. These events are not meant to be one and done! F.A.S.T. events must exist as a part of a series (3-4 installments) that share a common goal. The event descriptions should align to the goal and must show progress from the first event to the last event. A series of events isn’t the same event repeated multiple times.
More F.A.S.T. Event Ideas
Providing parents with strategies to support homework at home –Can send home a pencil case with supplies for homework at home.
Math Game Night
Night of math games with parents and children to support math curriculum – Can send home a game such as dominos to support playing games at home.
Healthy Food for the Healthy Mind
Ideas for easy, healthy and low cost snacks and meals – Can be hands on preparation or trying samples, can send home a lunch box or water bottle.
Bilingual Parent Meetings
Host a meeting in languages spoken by parents in the community – Can send home materials in useful languages and contact for bi-lingual people in schools.
Working with a community partner organization to provide mentoring to students, setting up on going mentoring for students.