Gearing Up for Success

Creating lasting relationships between home and school

Cumberland Elementary Teams with Families to Build Relationships

The Gearing Up for Success team of teachers from Cumberland Elementary will be hosting family meetings at the Richfield and Country Villa Apartment complexes in West Lafayette. This group will share tips and supplies for parents to use at home to support their child's education. The team of teachers hopes to increase communication between home and school for the families who participate.

Family Meeting at Richfield a HUGE Success!

On August 7, 2014, the Gearing Up for Success team hosted the first family meeting at the Richfield Apartment Complex. Teachers shared tips for communicating with the school, keeping school information organized, homework habits, and reading at home. Students were engaged in games, stories, book-mark making, and choosing a book to add to their home library. Everyone enjoyed Arni's pizza and time to get to know one another. Each student received all supplies needed for the coming school year. What a great way to kick of the year! It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces! We look forward to our next family meeting in October.

Back-to-School Pizza Party

Thursday, Aug. 14th, 6pm

Country Villa Apartment Complex Clubhouse

Members of the Gearing Up for Success Team, as well as from the Heads Up Club, will host a back-to-school pizza party! Cumberland teachers will share information with parents regarding how to help make school successful and the Heads Up Club will share information about their after school program.


School supplies for Cumberland students will be handed out during Heads Up Club on August 7 during their regularly scheduled time at the clubhouse.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Throughout the summer of 2014, the Gearing Up for Success team worked to gather funds and supplies to fully equip 42 students with supplies for the upcoming school year. Thanks to our generous supporters, we achieved our goal! We would like to thank the following sponsors:


  • American Automotive Service
  • Arni’s Pizza
  • Target
  • West Lafayette Walmart
  • Staples
  • Lafayette Coca-Cola
  • West Lafayette High School boys and girls’ soccer teams
  • Countless community members
  • West Lafayette Community Schools faculty, staff, and retired teachers.