David and Roselvai Preciado camped out on the Wilson Elementary front lawn for the school’s family picnic awaiting each of their four children who are students of the school.
It isn’t often that the Preciado family gets to eat lunch together, but it was made possible as Lynwood Unified celebrated National Parental Involvement Day on Nov. 16 when hundreds of parents visited campuses across the district to experience their child’s educational environment firsthand.
“This is a great event that pulls the community together and allows us to get to know Lynwood teachers and staff on a personal level,” Roselvai said. “It gives us the chance to really learn about what our children are experiencing every day.”
Lynwood Unified’s 12 elementary, three middle and three high school campuses presented parents with a variety of involvement opportunities including parent breakfasts, coffee with the principal and informational sessions.
Abbott Elementary School opened a new Parent Center, which will serve as a resource hub for parents who are visiting the campus and give them an opportunity to serve as volunteers. Rosa Parks Elementary Principal Dawn Green led a tour of campus to identify focus areas for beautification while Cesar Chavez Middle School enjoyed a Thanksgiving themed potluck.
“Parental Involvement Day allows our District to show our appreciation for our parents and the continued support they provide that makes Lynwood Unified a success,” LUSD Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “The day also gave our parents the opportunity to learn and ask the critical questions that assure them their young learners are thriving in their educational environment.”
National Parental Involvement Day was initiated in 1994 by school advocacy organization Project Appleseed to encourage school districts around the nation to honor parents by hosting campus events. The hope is for parents to learn ways to continuously get engaged in their child’s education throughout the year.