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Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on October 1

September 3, 2015 10:14 AM
What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?
Parents will be able to learn about that as well as have opportunities to meet with their students’ teachers on Bring Your Parents to School Day on Thursday, October 1. Bring Your Parents to School Day is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.
Bring Your Parents to School Day has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. Since then, the event has spread to school districts across Illinois, and has been a great opportunity for parents to connect more with their students’ schools.
"Successful students need their parents to be invested in their education," Mrs. Kelly said. "Through Bring Your Parents to School, parents can learn more about what their students’ day is like at school, and learn how they can help their students be even more successful."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that Bring Your Parents to School Day is a way to encourage parents to be active in their student’s school.
"We encourage all parents to visit and learn about their students’ day at school," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "Parental involvement is critical to our students’ performance, and we want more parents to come into the schools throughout the day and continue to be active and engaged throughout the year."
Parents who have attended past Bring Your Parents to School Days said that they appreciated the closer looks at their students’ daily lives at school.
Ms. Larita Stanciel attended the day in February 2015 at Proviso West with her daughter, Mikhaila Stanciel, then a Proviso West freshman.
"I think Bring Your Parents to School Day is a good idea," Ms. Stanciel said. "We get to meet the teachers, put a face with a name. If they have any concerns, I can address their concerns."
Ms. Theresa Stokes tagged along with her daughter, Nichole Stoke, then a senior at Proviso East, to classes in February. She said that it was a manner of supporting her children at school.
"I feel like everything starts at home with the parents," Ms. Stokes said. "We need to show them that we support them."
Ms. Sherry Peace, whose son, Anthony Herring, was a PMSA freshman last year, said that she appreciated seeing her son in class.
"I love meeting all of his teachers," Ms. Peace said.
Doors open for "Bring Your Parent to School Day" at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA at 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, October 1. We look forward to seeing you there!


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