On Thursday, September 29th, Pride Academy held its first Parent Party and it was a huge success with over 80 parents in attendance. The goal of Pride Parties is to give parents an opportunity to spend time with their children, learning and growing together.
The theme of our first Pride Party was a "Celebration of Gifts". We focused on Rev. Jesse Jackson's quote, "Your children want your presence more than they want your presents." This quote clearly reminds us all how valuable it is for parents to be present and involved in the lives of their children, especially when it comes to education.
Together with their children, our 80 Pride Academy Parents participated in a team competition which required them to come up with positive activities to do with their families that started with the letter "P". Families later made a commitment to participate in at least two activities that supported the academic goals of their children. There were twelve activities offered, which ranged from signing up for parenting workshops to attending free African Dance Classes.
We look forward to many more fun and educational Parent Parties in the future as we continue to develop more opportunities for parent involvement at Pride Academy.
by Rose Mary Dumenigo