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Thursday, February 21, 2008

African-American Parent Involvement Day

Ever heard of this day? I hadn't either until working at Sanford.

NAAPID’s website says National African-American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a national call to action to get parents, particularly those of children of African American descent, more involved in their educational lives. It is expected that this national observation will open up dialogue among teachers, parents, and students, which will lead to a more conducive learning environment for African -American students from kindergarten through college.

Minneapolis Public School’s website also includes this information:

Monday, Feb. 11, is National African American Parent Involvement Day. This day is designated to emphasize the importance of African American parents and families being involved in their child's education. It is also an effort to rebuild trust between students, families and schools.
While we will celebrate National African American Parent Involvement Day on Feb. 11, we invite parents and extended family members to visit their child's school or any school-related activity on this day.
Parental involvement continues to be important at MPS. We know that when parents are more involved in their child's education, our students benefit through higher academic achievement, increased attendance and an overall more enriching educational experience.
On a whim I decided to contact the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to see if anyone would be free to cover our program. In fact they sent a reporter, videographer, and photographer. I was quite pleased, as was everyone at school. They produced this great video. (There isn't a way to embed the video, but it is excellent and well worth the effort to go watch.) Here is the article they wrote about the event, it appeared on the top half of the local page!

We had an excellent day with a few parents showing up and the kids really enjoyed the program! We are really trying to incorporate Somali culture into the entire school so that we can all learn from each other!

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