Heidi Johnson

Goose Bay Elementary
Wasilla, AK

Project Description:

Johnson’s innovative “Parent Resource Lending Library” is her winning program designed to help build community and encourage families to view Goose Bay Elementary as an inviting place that nourishes the relationship between home and school. Parents will have a place to comfortably visit with other parents, interact with their children and use learning materials, and they will have the ability to check several different kinds of materials out. Planned materials include Love & Logic parenting materials, parenting magazines, board books, books on CD, puzzles, magnetic letter sets and digital recorders, all possible because of the ING grant. The overall benefits are to support the parents and welcome them to the school and to build a relationship between the family members and the school. For many families, it’s their first time interacting with a public school system. Through this program, Johnson wants to encourage support of their children as they walk through their academic experiences together. The families of all 491 students enrolled in Goose Bay will be able to take advantage of the initiative. Johnson lives in Wasilla.