Families and staff at Northdale Middle School (NMS) celebrated the sixth annual National African American Parent Involvement Day Feb. 11.
Jennifer Jones, an administrative intern at NMS, said the event has evolved from an afternoon of conversations between a few parents and staff members to an evening of dinner, community resources, volunteer opportunities, academic resources for students and a student showcase.
NMS also promoted resources available to families from Anoka-Hennepin, including A-H Connect that allows parents and guardians to look up students’ grades and how to help students prepare for state tests.
More than 200 family members and 20 staff members participated in this year’s event.
“We know that when we can easily communicate with parents about his/her child’s academic needs or successes we have more successful students,” Jones said.
“And we hope students gained an understanding about how important it is to have their parents here at school.
“We want students to see how as a school, we know the importance of building strong relationships with each student and their family.”
According to Jones, she enjoys the event because she loves seeing the joy in parents and guardians as NMS teachers and staff members share positive words about their students.
“I love seeing the students beaming with pride performing in front of the people they love and respect the most – their families,” Jones said.
“I love seeing the camaraderie, the community and the overall happiness this event brings.
“We are so thankful to have such involved parents at Northdale.
“We love hosting this event every year and we are very thankful to the community supporters who help us make it possible.”