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.
Eisenhower, Flinn and Lincoln middle schools will host the Class AA Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Track and Field Sectional at Guilford High School's Swanson Stadium on May 11.
The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council is accepting applications.
Bricks from Thompson Elementary School will be available to the public starting Wednesday, April 17.
Interim Head Coach Carl Armato will take over the Guilford High School boys basketball program in the 2019-20 season.
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