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 Supporting Parents to Support Our Students

11/20/2018 12:00 AM

​My visits to school buildings revolve around literacy support. Every visit is a powerful one. I was recently invited to Kinder Strong at Kishwaukee Elementary School. When I arrived, I was greeted by Anita Fricks, the parent liaison. I was so impressed to learn that Kishwaukee has created a program that supports parents. Anita picked up a parent in need of support. The parent wants to help her son become a better reader and writer, but she needed ideas to accomplish the goal. Anita provided books, activities and a ride to the parent. She did whatever she had to in order to support this opportunity.

The mother and I met for 45 minutes and outlined simple tasks that she can do with her child at home. It was a great opportunity for me and reminded me that some of our parents need support to support their child/children. All buildings should offer "classes" and support for parents.

I later learned that Anita drove back to the mother's house to return keys that she left behind. When Anita arrived, the mother had already implemented the ideas I provided her. The child was engaging and setting up a routine of reading and writing.

I was really impressed and moved by Anita's behavior and vision. She reminded me of how our parents need support. I am grateful for the opportunity I had and hope all buildings aspire to offer the same opportunities.

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Anita Fricks, Parent Liaison
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