Engaging Families in the School Community: Olean Elementary Schools take part in Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day
In an effort to engage families and create a stronger tie between the school and community, Olean Elementary Schools took part in the statewide initiative known as Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day. In partnership with Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc., Olean Elementary Schools welcomed approximately 204 parents on September 16 as they brought their child to school.
Dads and/or family members brought their child to school, participated in a raffle for various prizes and enjoyed a nutritious breakfast, all before the start of the school day. Those in attendance also received information about various offerings that encourage more familial involvement in the everyday aspects of their child’s lives. Brian Crawford, principal of East View Elementary spoke of the value in the overall experience: “Having active, involved and engaged mothers and fathers is critical to the success and well being of a child. Children need love from both their mom and dad and in some of our families one parent serves both roles. This was a day to celebrate the fathers who embrace their responsibility as dads.”
The Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day is said to really welcome families into the school and engage with their child about their education. From Cattaraugus Community Action, Mr. Andrew Studley, who helped to organize the event, noted that the day is meaningful to them because they work with families throughout the county and “understand the importance of having positive influences in a child’s life.” Mr. Studley explains that research reports those children who have dads, or any other familial influence, do better academically, behaviorally, and socially in school. “Students are more likely to receive A’s, enjoy school more, stay in school, and continue their education.”
While September 16 has come and gone, the district continues to emphasize the role and relationship of families and the school community. To continue to momentum of this involvement, both Washington West and East View Elementary Schools invite students and families to participate in the Walking School Bus, a weekly event encouraging students to walk to school with their friends, teachers, and families. The Walking School Bus kicked off October 1 and will continue until mid-November, picking back up in the Spring of 2015.
Continuing the engage families is a focus of interest for the district. With events such as this, students and families are welcomed into the school and stronger ties with community members evolve.
For more information about the
Dad’s Take Your Child to School Day,
please visit the following site: http://www.dadstakeyourchildtoschoolday.com/
By: Lauren Stuff, CA BOCES