Playing and Learning Together
PLAN’s 100% Engaged Campaign pushes the boundaries of traditional parent involvement to create Transformative Family Engagement — a shared responsibility of families, schools and communities aimed at helping students learn and achieve. Here is an example of bringing learning to the community.
Family Engagement can and should happen anywhere a child learns – at school, in child care, at home – or at the park. On a sunny and breezy Saturday in April, PLAN leaders hosted the first-ever East Oakland Family Fun and Learning Day at the Ira B. Jinkins Recreation Center.
PLAN leaders turned out more than 30 families and 50 children–making calls, distributing flyers and spreading the word at meetings. In gold PLAN shirts, they set up, registered participants, served breakfast and prepared an enormous cookout lunch. While families attended workshops to help them integrate every day activities to prepare their children for school, volunteers led groups of children in outdoor games.
Collaboration is Key
Another special feature of the day was how many community organizations turned out to support families. Raising a Reader of Alameda County led a workshop on early literacy activities while Bay Area Discovery Museum coached parents on bringing early math into daily activities and Oakland Parks and Recreation led a movement workshop. East Oakland Sports Center led a soccer scrimmage and donated free memberships for a raffle. It was a truly collaborative event.