At the start of the year, Rebekah thought it was problematic that her school had a limited sense of community because there was very little parental involvement. She noticed parent engagement with the school really dropped off during the primary years. But she believes in a school where community involvement is important and can benefit every young person.
Rebekah decided to showcase the incredible passion of her colleagues through opening the school to the community and encouraging parents and teachers to host ‘hands-on’ activities and learning experiences. She wanted to give young people a reason to invite their parents to school.
Rebekah started by showcasing things that she knew would make her school shine. She organised a Literacy Evening where parents, grandparents and other community members came into school to learn about what goes on in a classroom in 2016 through a range of hands-on activities. It was also an opportunity for the community members to take away important literacy information.
Given the success of the Literacy Evening, Rebekah formed some connections with the local kinder and feeder kinders, tapped into her school’s focus on Science and held a STEM Day with the early childhood learners and the students at her school, along with interested community members. The STEM Day – a hands-on activity day – was a real hit.
Rebekah’s project has had a positive and direct impact on 225 young people, not to mention the members of the community who have left each of her community involvement events having learned something new or with a smile on their face. The P-2 parent involvement at her school has increased dramatically this year, too.
“After the Literacy Evening I had two parents who are teachers at the local high school come up to me and thank me for not only showing them how they can encourage reading and writing at home, but also for demonstrating how difficult it is for their child to learn how to read and write when they are first starting off.”
Keep up the awesome work, Rebekah.
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Rebekah would love your support for her idea, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Rebekah and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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