Your Family Involvement Ideas
Recently the Y4Y team met with a great group of practitioners in Connecticut who shared some of their family involvement ideas. They included:
Staff basketball game- staff played a game against each other with students providing the half time entertaiment and the admission fees served as a fundraiser for the program;
“Everybody Eats Rice” potluck with grades k-1 as judges;
Memorial Day Cookout with personal invitations;
Coupon Club, including a trip to a local grocery store and a meeting with a nutritionist.
These are just a few of the many ideas shared. We want to hear your ideas! Please share them here.
Our agency has an event called “Holiday Store” that we do at our 5 Centers every year, specifically for the kids in our programs. Children acrue points (1 to 5) over the month of November based on attendance and overall behavior (5 points just for showing up each day!). These points help determine which 3 kids out of each group get to go “shopping” first. Every child gets to choose a gift for their immediate family members and each child can choose up to 8 gifts. The gifts are all donated from local community partners (churches, businesses, teachers, etc). Bags with handles are donated as well and volunteers come in to assist the kids in choosing gifts for their family members ALL FOR FREE. After speaking with some people at the Y4Y training, I thought it could be even more of a Family Involvement event if on the allotted shopping day we invite parents to come in and shop for their children. As we have done it in the past, the kids in our program get gifts from us but not from the Holiday Store so if we adopted this new idea then it would really be a well rounded family event.
We also hold Fall and Winter Festivals in conjunction with the school PTO where we serve a free meal and have a bunch of free craft activities and a family game in the Gym. The PTO provides a raffle and bake sale. Our attendance for these is always 200+ as we invite the whole school. We have done these for many years and after the Y4Y training I feel like we can branch out a bit and try some of these other great ideas!