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Selma schools host annual parent day program

Larry DiChiara, Selma City Schools acting superintendent, speaks to parents Wednesday.

Larry DiChiara, Selma City Schools acting superintendent, speaks to parents Wednesday.

Selma City School’s annual parent day program Wednesday gave guardians a closer look at the school system.

Parents were able to listen to Aelia Adams, child nutrition director, and Ann Roy Moore, elementary curriculum director, talk about important information regarding students.

“This event started several years ago as a statewide parenting day,” said Cynthia Perkins, parent engagement coordinator for Selma City Schools. “We just celebrate education, celebrate parents, and let them know that we are on their side.”

The theme for the program was “Being Better Together: Home and School Partnerships,” where the topics for discussion were school nutrition and college and career ready standards.

“We help [the parents],” Perkins said. “We work as a team in order to make our children successful for the future.”

The parents heard about ways in which the school system is providing healthy alternatives for students, and what the schools are doing to prepare kids for the future. They also talked about ways in which they can help their children at home.

“We want parents to be informed,” Perkins said. “We provide them with information about things that are vital to their children’s education.”

Perkins said she is excited to be able to get the parents together and communicate with them the things that are going on in their children’s lives.

“I’m very excited, because my job, as a parent engagement coordinator through Selma City Schools, gives me the opportunity to get out speak with parents, talk with them about concerns and issues, ideas that they want presented, and I provide that information for them through programs,” Perkins said.

After the discussions, parents were provided lunch and given gift bags for their participation. With the weather not cooperating as well this year, not as many parents seemed to show up as in previous years.

Perkins said they have had as many as 200 parents to participate before, and she encourages all parents to attend the events and get involved in their children’s education.

Although Wednesday was all about the parents, there are also programs and different activities for the children as well as the parents.

On Nov. 13, Selma City Schools will be hosting the 100 Fathers Luncheon. Fathers will be able to check their children out of school and eat lunch with them at Selma High School.