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Building Bridges to Success: Proviso East Principal to Speak with Maywood Chamber of Commerce about Working Together to Support Students and Education

PTHS 209 launched the 2011-2012 school year with the theme, Building Bridges to Success. With that goal in mind, Proviso East High School principal, Tony Valente, is connecting with the community to garner support for Proviso East students and to help keep Proviso rising.

Valente has been invited to speak to local community and business leaders at the Maywood Chamber of Commerce General Meeting on Sept. 19th. Valente will outline his vision for Proviso East High School including ways in which Proviso East and the Chamber may collaborate more effectively to promote education and student success.

“The Chamber’s key interest is helping our young people get a quality education,” said Edwin Walker, President and CEO of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce. “I was very very impressed when I went to the meet and greet that introduced the principal, Mr. Valente, to the community. I think he was a great choice for principal. I was glad to hear his vision for Proviso East, especially his desire to welcome the community to become a greater part of improving the school. Our academic excellence committee called on Mr. Valente to get to know him and tell him how much we want to work with him in order to support the students of Proviso East. We are looking forward to great things and great improvement, and I look forward to us working together on that. I am hoping for good things.”

Historically, the Maywood Chamber of Commerce has worked to raise money for student scholarships. Walker says the Chamber now hopes to extend its relationship with Proviso East High School to offer more support and incentives for students including student seminars, visits to local businesses, and mentorships with local business owners. Valente says it is these types of relationships and community commitments that will help set Proviso East High School on the road to success.

“It is extremely important to build bridges that will facilitate the school and the community working together,” said Valente. “We openly welcome the community to become a part of our efforts to improve our schools and strengthen education within our communities. I look forward to working with the Maywood Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations for the success of our students. We certainly appreciate the Chamber’s support, and we look forward to continuing to build bridges and create stronger relationships for the benefit of our students. We will not give up on our students, and we are grateful for community organizations like the chamber of commerce, who refuse to give up on us.”

Mr. Valente will talk with Chamber members, local business owners, and civic leaders at the opening Maywood Chamber General Meeting on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 12:00 noon at The Meal of The Day Café, 1701 South 1st Avenue, Suite 410 (Eisenhower Tower), Maywood, Illinois 6015.

Both parties have committed to forging partnerships that benefit both students and the overall community.

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