The Parent Engagement Office, in the Student Support Initiatives Department, strives to help parents become full partners in their child’s education. During the Parent Engagement event held on 5/20/15 at Markham Elementary our vision was transformed into action through the demonstration of the use of a Crock Pot as the ultimate Fast Food Machine!
During the presentation, Ms. Wanda Robinson shared the value of Family Meal Time. For example, the cost of feeding a family is significantly reduced when meals are prepared at home rather than eating out. She further explained that family meal time is good for the spirit, brain and health, and also contributes to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression among students. In addition to improving student’s grades and self-esteem, the dinner conversation also boosts vocabulary.
School Board Member, Ms. Nora Rupert, presented information about how to use conversations about food to provide rich language experiences and develop receptive and expressive vocabularies. She also described activities parents can use to improve literacy skills during meal time.
After tasting Savory Lima Beans, Curried Lentil and Vegetable Soup and White Chicken Chili, three lucky families received a crock pot along with the ingredients to prepare one of the tasty meals on their own. Children had the opportunity to select a book to start building an at home library.
The Markham Family would like to extend our thanks to Ms. Tonya Brown and Ms. Wanda Robinson from the Parent Engagement Office for organizing a great event. Thank you also to School Board Member Ms. Nora Rupert for the engaging presentation and all the support. Also in attendance were Vince Dawes, Principal at Pompano Beach Elementary and Janette Hameister, Principal at Atlantic West Elementary – and to all the other attendees… Your support is greatly appreciated!
Food, Fun & Books – A good time was had by all!
… and most importantly, to all the parents that came out in support of their children – Thank you!
School Board Member Nora Rupert, Principal Thaddeus Smith, Principal Janette Hameister and Intern Principal Vince Dawes
Ms. Tonya Brown