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Parents Learn More About School at Bring Your Parents to School Day

February 26, 2016 08:15 AM
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Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a lesson about their students’ lives at school as they attended Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 2.
 
The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math, English, and science classes to lunch.
 
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that parents who attended gained an insight on how schools function, and that she looks forward to feedback from parents.
 
"It is always enlightening for parents to see how the schools are run during the day," she said. "Parent advocacy is key to getting out the good news about our schools as well as to provide us feedback. It also helps students as parents who are involved in their children’s education tend to have children who are successful in school."
 
Bring Your Parents to School Day has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then- and current Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. The event is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, and it is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.
 
"We thank those parents who were able to take time out to visit our schools and see how their students learn in class and talk with their classmates and their teachers," Mrs. Kelly said. "The Board of Education looks forward to continuing even more outreach to parents."
 
Parents and other family members who attended said that they appreciated being in school with their students.
 
Ms. Keousha McGee and Mr. Derrick Bearden visited Proviso West in support of their daughter, Vadeja Shack, a Proviso West freshman.
 
"It’s a good idea to see what’s going on with your child," Ms. McGee said.
 
Guadalupe Orozco, a Proviso East senior, brought her sister, Ms. Maricela Orozco, with her. They visited Guadalupe’s classes, including her first period English 4 Honor class, where the students read William Shakespeare’s "MacBeth."
 
"I’m getting to know her friends and learn what she experiences," said Ms. Maricela Orozco, who graduated from Proviso West.
 
Ms. Lisa Donley tagged along with her daughter, Leah Donley, a PMSA freshman, to her classes that included art and English. She said that she wanted to take an active role in her daughter’s education.
 
"I’m just trying to take an active part in her education," Ms. Donley said. "Everything at PMSA has been very comprehensive, and the staff has been knowledgeable. It’s been a great avenue to do this."
 
Thank you to all parents who attend Bring Your Parents to School Day!
    
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