Outreach programs at Carpenter, Fredonia win award

Outreach programs at Carpenter, Fredonia win award
Posted on 11/19/2019
Outreach programs at Carpenter, Fredonia win award

Community and parent outreach programs at Emeline Carpenter and Fredonia Elementary were named one of six statewide winners of the Parent and Family Engagement Promising Practices Award, which is sponsored by the Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative.

Emeline Carpenter’s Back to School Bash and Book Bingo Literacy Night were recognized by the initiative, and at Fredonia, Dragon Dinners were singled out by the judges.

“It’s wonderful that the programs at these two schools are being recognized,” said NISD interim Superintendent Alton Frailey. “We already realized the impact the programs had on the respective communities, but it’s always uplifting to receive affirmation from our peers located around the state. You cannot overstate the importance of a healthy home and school partnership.

“I want to thank our families and staff at Carpenter and Fredonia and praise them for their hard work.”

Carpenter’s Back to School Bash was designed to provide students with school supplies for the upcoming year while establishing a positive climate and promoting partnerships between the school, families and community. 

Book Bingo Literacy Night focused on family engagement and participation while encouraging a love of reading among students. Book Bingo is an interactive way to get students excited about books they are already familiar with or may be interested in reading. The event encourages family involvement by providing parents with a deeper understanding of how best to help their students develop healthy reading habits.

Fredonia’s Dragon Dinners are monthly parent discussions over a meal at the school. It’s a way of providing families support in areas related to parenting and academics. Childcare is provided by volunteers at the evening meetings, and the volunteers help students with homework while parents participate in the discussion.

Topics discussed at the dinners were compiled from surveys sent home with students and included: Fredonia 101; Getting Help with Math, Reading and Homework; Communication; Behavior and Discipline; Body-Mind Connection; STAAR Ready; and Summer Strategies.

“The review committee was impressed by the outstanding work Nacogdoches ISD is doing in the area of parent and family engagement,” wrote Terri Stafford, coordinator of the statewide initiative.

NISD will be recognized Dec. 14 at the 2019 Statewide Parental Involvement Conference in San Marcos.

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