Madera Elementary School
Madera Elementary School is a K-6 school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in El Cerrito, CA.
I was first asked to take over administering the Madera Elementary School website by parents on the PTA. The old site was very difficult to update and hard to manage, and so in 2007 I set up a wordpress site for the school. It evolved into the main communications hub for the school that parents go to find out about school events, holidays, reading clubs, volunteering, and fundraising. It is also the distribution point for event fliers and notices that were previously sent home with the kids in folders, which has saved a lot of paper (and saved the school money from having to purchase the paper, copy machine supplies, etc.) and parent volunteer hours (where they used to have to spend a lot of time collating and distributing many more fliers to kids’ “blue folders”).
In terms of design and setup, these sites were very simple, but they are a labor of love, and a way to integrate the use of new technology to public education, and I’m proud of how useful they have become to the parents of our school community.