is a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the belief that a strong neighborhood school
is the core of a strong community. Our mission is to obtain resources to support, augment and enhance the educational experience
of the students of Waters Elementary School. To that end, we are committed to including, supporting and embracing the needs of
our community. Continual effort is placed on creating dialogue, sharing resources, and facilitating the growth of both Waters
School and the community it serves.
We strive to be a model for those communities also committed to the neighborhood and community importance of public school support.
The History of WatersToday
WatersToday, originally started in 2005 as group to help market and increase enrollment at Waters School, has become the 501(3)c
fundraising arm of Waters Parent’Teacher Co-Op. Please visit http://waterselementary.org
to learn more about Waters School and other
vehicles of support, and parent opportunities.
In November of 2005, a group of parents interested in Waters School formed an external/community partnership called WatersToday
with our neighborhood school. Our common goal, as our children were young, was to increase enrollment/community awareness of our
neighborhood school. At Waters, at that time, enrollment was down. As kids graduated from the 8th grade, fewer people were coming
to fill the Kindergarten on the other end. Most families in our neighborhood did not attend.
WatersToday worked with both previous Principal Revollo and current Principal Kipp, and Waters’ staff, to market it and attract
the neighborhood to return. We were immediately awed with the staff’s commitment to a multi-cultural environment, the prairie
reclamation garden, the music, the warmth of the environment, but most importantly the integrated hands-on curriculum, and how the
arts were woven throughout art, music, drama, ecology and the homeroom subjects.
WatersToday canvassed the neighborhood, hosted Open Houses, organized community outings to paint the school rooms and hallways,
started free community outreach Tot Programs in the school, created summer camps and extra afterschool programs, and started
WatersToday efforts started to see results. Word got around about Waters and started to attract neighborhood interest. As a result,
the population began to grow.
In 2005 Waters primary enrollment consisted of:
2 Prek classes, 2 very small kindergartens, 1 first grade, 1 second grade and 1 third grade.
Only fours years later, in 2009, Waters’ primary grades enrollment has increased to:
3 Prek classes, 2 kindergartens, 3 first grades, 2 second grades, and 2 third grades. and they are now growing in the intermediate
and middle school grades as well.
The amount of kids walking or riding their bikes to school touts a noticeable difference. The community has benefited from the
efforts of WatersToday, as Waters School returns to a highly-enrolled neighborhood school.