National Family Engagement Day Empowers Parents To Take An Active Role In Their Children’s Education


Family engagement is critical to the success of Rochester’s children. It is a shared responsibility among families, schools, and communities in which schools and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways, and families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development which we know is key to their success.

The Rochester City School District and Finger Lakes Health System Agency teamed up to host National Family Engagement Day on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. Parents participated in informational workshops on family literacy, the new code of conduct, social media safety, and received tutorials on ParentConnect. Kids took part in the fun by participating in the My Plate/Go, Slow, Whoa Foods workshop led by Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Superintendent Deane-Williams introduced her new family engagement initiative called Gather Around the Kitchen Table where parents are invited to join her for coffee and conversation. Board President Van Henri White dressed up as a carrot during a health and wellness skit to emphasize the importance of healthy eating.