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Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on February 3

January 29, 2015 03:15 PM
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Parents may ask what their students do during a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
 
They 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 Tuesday, February 3. 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.
 
"Successful students need their parents to be invested in their education," said Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education. "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."
 
Bring Your Parents to School Day has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then-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.
 
"We encourage all parents to visit and learn about their students’ day at school," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "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.
 
"I think that it’s a very good gesture to the parents to come in and see what’s going on in the classroom," said Mr. Craig Cooper, who attended Bring Your Parents to School Day at Proviso West with his daughter, Yamari Jimenez. "It builds rapport between the parents and the teachers."
 
Ms. Marti Horton said that she liked being able to meet with the teachers of her son, Nigel Horton, a Proviso East sophomore.
 
"It gives me a chance to know what is going on in the classes and meet the teachers," Ms. Horton said. "I enjoy it. I’m just enjoying what I am seeing and seeing how my son is interacting with the other kids and what’s going on."
 
Mr. Darryl Cardine, who has attended Bring Your Parents to School with both of his daughters, including Miracles Cardine, a senior at PMSA, said that he has enjoyed visiting the school each time.
 
"I believe that we should support our children in their education to show them that this is the way to go," Mr. Cardine said. "It’s nice that I can meet their teachers and their teachers can meet me to know that she has a parent that cares about her education." 
 
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