The Correlation Between Parent Involvement and Student Success

NECSD Kicks Off Dads Take Your Child to School Initiative

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District hosted the first annual, Dads Take Your Child to School Day, at Horizons-on-the-Hudson School.

According to Horizons on the Hudson Principal Lisa Buon, the school was pleased to host the kickoff event on behalf of the NECSD because the school community realizes the importance of connecting families to the work that it does with students. In total, approximately 130 mentors attended in support of the initiative.  

“We felt it was extremely important to host the first annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day for several reasons.  Parent involvement is key when growing our students into successful learners and leaders and having this day solidified the importance of having our fathers and mentors involved in their child's school.  It was a very special day and I would like to thank all of our teachers who prepared educational activities for the dads and mentors to participate in with their child,” explained Buon.

Classroom teachers hosted planned activities that the parent and mentors could do with their child or with the entire class.  Activities included reading a book to the class, leading a center activity, and doing a project with a group.  In the school’s gymnasium, mentors were able to be physically active with the students, from climbing a cargo net to bowling and basketball. The goal of the program was to have parents involved in their child’s class and see what a day is like in the life of their child. 

Eric McLean, the parent of a fourth grader at Horizons on the Hudson, flew in from out of state for the special event. “To me the involvement of parents, especially in a child’s education, makes a difference in the life of the child. I wanted to be here today for my son,” explained McLean. He explained that from his experiences he believes that there is a strong correlation between parent involvement in school and the success of the child.

Following the classroom events, mentors were invited to the lunchroom for a catered lunch and a guest speaker presentation. Newburgh Free Academy Assistant Principal Jeffrey Woody spoke about the significance of having male role models in the lives of children and the important impact that it plays in their school and home lives. “When you show a child love it makes the world of a difference in their lives. Something as simple as asking how their day went means the world to them,” explained Woody to those in attendance.

According to event organizers the NECSD plans to expand the initiative next year to other schools. 

Kerry Butrick is the media relations specialist for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (and we think she does a great job)