The Fair Oaks Elementary School community recently welcomed parents and students from Griffin Middle School to join them for a night dedicated to boosting parental involvement and as a result, student success.
Recognizing the importance of parental involvement, Fair Oaks Elementary previously teamed up with Northwest Exterminating to start a Northwest Eagle Literacy Program, an innovative bilingual program. The program is designed to help all parents to be active participants in their students’ academics at home.
As a Title I school and one of the highest English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) populations of all Cobb County elementary schools, Fair Oaks has taken steps to help ESOL families get more involved, and they know Griffin families face some of the same challenges.
So, in January, Fair Oaks extended the Northwest Eagle Literacy Program to include Griffin students and their families.
The family-focused event provided free dinner to the parents and students who attend, and free babysitting for the families who needed it. Grade-level breakout sessions where students and their parents play games and activities helped reinforce the standards that the students are working on in school. At the end of the night, the students and their families took home a free bilingual book.
“I’ve had people from other schools come to see what we are doing as they have heard about the positive impact we are making through the family literacy program. I’m excited to see how it continues to grow and what comes of the partnership we are growing with Griffin Middle School,” said Katherine Stieber, Fair Oaks Elementary ESOL teacher.