More than 300 people attended the district’s Elevating Families Parent and Family Engagement Festival Saturday at the Poughkeepsie High School Football Stadium. Natasha Cherry, interim executive director of Community Schools said, “Parent and caregiver engagement is an essential component to student success. We are happy to support the needs of our parents as we partner to create greater opportunities for student success. This will be one of many things that PCSD and community partners provide our families.”
The goal of the event was to celebrate parents and families and to provide information to everyone about programs and services offered through the district and its partners to help support students, Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser said. All participants were provided with a specially created book bag full of educational materials for students. A total of forty-five vendors supported the event.
And, they were enjoying food and demonstrations by community groups, the Poughkeepsie High School JROTC, PHS cheerleaders, Kwon’s Martial Arts and more.
Teaching Assistant Julie Maserjian, who was the event’s photographer and also one of the team members in the Community Schools department, said the Zumba class got people up and dancing.
Members of the teachers’ union (current and retired) helped decorate and staff tables. In addition, a variety of vendors donated food and decorations or provided more than they were contracted for and we thank them for helping to make this event a success.