During the Oct. 23 Adams County School District 50 board meeting a proclamation was read declaring October as Parent and Family Involvement in Education month. Richard Garcia, executive director of the Westminster based Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition (CSPC), presented the information to the board.
CSPC works with schools and school districts across the state to find ways to engage parents in their children’s education. The organization does extensive work with minority families that come from diverse cultural backgrounds.
“One of the primary motivators for me to push this proclamation is the work I have been doing with the staff here in District 50 in engaging families in the education of their children,” Garcia said. “We have worked with 13 of the District 50 schools. I’m very proud of the work we have done here at Adams 50, and I believe that the results show the work that can happen with families are engaged with the schools.”
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the proclamation which stresses the importance of parental involvement in education. According to the proclamation, student achievement increases and the dropout rate decreases when there is strong parental involvement.