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Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD
On Monday, August 26, Lancaster ISD students and parents will return to campuses in style as they are greeted by men in suits upon arrival and walk red carpet to enter the buildings as part of the Back to School Red Carpet Welcome.
“Our goal is to have at least 100 positive partners who are visible in professional dress welcoming students to school, opening car doors and greeting students as they enter on their first day of school,” said Lancaster ISD Superintendent, Dr. Michael D. McFarland.
“Their presence will help us promote the importance of education and is an opportunity for leaders to show our students that there are positive role models within our local community who care, value and support education.”
Executive Director of Accountability Dr. Lamont Smith has been organizing this volunteer and parent engagement event.
“We want to make this a special day for all of our students. As they walk into the building they will feel the excitement the teachers and their peers will have,” he said. “It is our desire for the parents and community members to send the unified voice that we are working together to meet the needs of our children.”
This year, Lancaster ISD’s long-term focus is to increase the number of positive leaders involved as role models and mentors to students.
“In collaboration with parents and communities, our mission is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society. Therefore, a key component that we will emphasize this year is an increased focus on collaboration with parents and communities,” said Dr. McFarland. “For us to be successful, we must build a true collaborative partnership among the schools, the parents and the community.”
He added that he believes that sustainable success can and will be achieved when the district leadership ensures that a strong relationship exists among the three entities.
“As I visited campuses last year, I heard the cry, loud and clear, of parents who aspire to be more engaged and to help others do the same. I also heard from educators who voiced a desire to have more parents engaged and more community members involved,” he said.
“In response to these concerns, it is my intent that we embark on an aggressive and explicit campaign to build bridges among the classroom, the home and the community.”
Lancaster ISD has been working with different facets of the community including city and civic leaders as well as members of the clergy to ensure that students and parents receive the red-carpet welcome that they deserve.
“We hope to set a tone on the first day that will be a reflection of volunteerism, encouragement, and community that will carry on throughout the school year,” said Raelynn Pineda, Turn Around Agenda In-School Program Coordinator for Lancaster ISD.
“It is vital for parents to be engaged and connected with their children and the first place to start should be the educational system in which your child attends and spends the vast majority of their day."
In addition to seeing the support of the community, the district hopes that parents are also inspired to join in the effort and volunteer as well for future events and become more active and involved locally at each campus.
“As parents become more and more visible at school, we believe parent involvement will have a positive impact on student achievement and social behaviors,” Dr. Smith said.
The district volunteers will spend a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes at one of the campuses greeting students and parents from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the 6th grade, middle and high school campuses and from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for the elementary campuses.
If you have any questions about the Back to School Red Carpet Welcome, please contact Lamont Smith at 972-218-1431.
The Lancaster Public Schools serve more than 6,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. The mission of the Lancaster Independent School District, a leader in providing innovative, quality programs, is to educate every student with the knowledge; skills; and principles to succeed and contribute in a competitive and technologically advancing world by providing rigorous and engaging learning opportunities that promote diversity; create an environment of integrity and respect; and establish a commitment to continued improvement in partnership with families and community.
422 S. Centre Ave. Lancaster, TX 75146 ~ 972.218.1400 ~ www.LancasterISD.org