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.
The ribbon cutting is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, followed by a community open house until 5 p.m.
Bricks from New Milford Elementary School will be available to the public starting Monday, Aug. 26.
Rockford Public Schools will receive $1.6 million more than originally estimated for the current fiscal year and school year according to new information from the state.
Auburn High School officials introduced Milwaukee native Jason McClelland to several players and their families on Friday as their choice to lead the girls basketball program in the coming year.
The Chicagoland Summer Showcase, a boys basketball tournament featuring top talent across several states, brought in nearly $650,000 in economic activity to the region.
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