NAAPID 2020 engages parents in a variety of activities district-wide

More than 1,000 parents, grandparents and others participated in AAPS’ National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID).

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A2 STEAM parent Parent Patricia Pacania said she was eager to show up for the school’s full lineup of NAAPID activities because she wanted a better feel for how students incorporate what they apply what they learn in the classroom into their everyday lives and how they interact with each other.

“I want to see how they apply it to their everyday lives and not just studying for a test or to get a grade, but to actually engage in some difficult conversations about what they’re learning about history and social studies as well as what they’re learning in science and math,” said Pacania, whose son, Nathan, is in seventh grade. “It’s also good to see the creative—the artwork that’s hanging and the students learn and play.”

Gavin Gardner enjoyed visiting his son, Grady, at Pittsfield Elementary. His daughter Indigo came along, too.

The day was founded in 1995 by the late Joe Dulin, principal of AAPS’ Roberto Clemente Student Development Center. He began the day to encourage parents of color to be more involved in their children’s education. The day quickly expanded to include all parents.

Activities included assemblies, breakfasts, luncheons, classroom visits, panel discussions, and performances by students as well as professional musicians and storytellers.

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