Congratulations to the Partners in Education Outstanding Partnership Award Recipients

The Partners In Education Selection Committee decided to award two Outstanding Partnerships this year highlighting exceptional efforts in a challenging pandemic:

Jefferson City High School and Hy-Vee Food Store, and Pioneer Trail Elementary and SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospital.

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jefferson city high school & Hy-vee food store

Hy-Vee Food Store of Jefferson City partners with the Jefferson City High School Vocational Internship program to give students valuable work experience. They have five students who go to the store Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. They work in different departments to give valuable work experience each quarter. The students have the opportunity to rotate and change departments to learn new skills. They comprehend a variety of tasks from bagging groceries to working in florals, washing dishes, packaging products in the Bakery, stocking shelves, and much more.

Above (L to R):  Zach Wieberg, intern; Emily Kever, intern; Christina DuBois, Work Experience Coordinator, Jefferson City High School; Joe Shanks, Human Resource Manager, Hy-Vee Food Store; Justin Seamon, Paraprofessional/Job Coach, Jefferson City High School. (Interns not pictured:  Marlon Gragg and Ziere Wade)

The students learn basic job skills and responsibility. They learn to take directions as well as criticism. They learn customer service skills, time management, etc. School staff accompanies the student to help with coaching the student to do their best work. “Hy-Vee and Jefferson City schools are both committed to providing an inclusive environment, making this a great partnership,” stated Christina DuBois, Jefferson City High School, Work Experience Coordinator.

RIGHT:  High school students learn culinary skills in the bakery. 

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Pioneer Trail Elementary &
SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospital

“The pandemic provided an opportunity to look at our partnership in a unique way to be relevant to classroom needs and show appreciation to each other during these unprecedented times,” stated Janet Wear-Enloe, Business Development Director, SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospital. 

SSM Health has a very special partnership with Pioneer Trail Elementary School. Principal Scott Salmons reached out in the fall to ask if they could provide some sort of appreciation for our staff who worked with COVID-positive patients. They then decided that every worker at SSM Health is essential to the care of patients, whether through direct patient contact or not, so they provided over 750 handmade ornaments and a little bag of goodies for every employee at SSM Health the week before Christmas.

Because SSM Health could not go in-person to read to classes, they tried something innovative to accomplish the goal to encourage reading. SSM Health recorded three videos of pediatricians reading books for children in grades K-2 at Pioneer Trail Elementary School. Teachers in each of the classes showed the videos on their SMARTBoards. To enhance the videos, SSM Health gave the school “future doctor” headbands and backpacks for the children. To brighten the day of SSM Health staff, the teachers took photos of the children watching the videos and of them wearing the “future doctor” headbands and backpacks. They posted the photos on Facebook to share their partnership with the community.

ABOVE (L to R):  Dr. Blount, SSM pediatrician; Scott Salmons, principal; Leigh Anne Lehmen, School Counselor; Dr. Brea, SSM pediatrician, and Janet Wear-Enloe, Business Development Director, SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospital 

ABOVE: A class poses with their “future doctor” headbands and backpacks.

BELOW:  Dr. Olga Brea reads virtually to a Pioneer Trail Elementary class.