Parent Volunteerism On Display For Cultural Awareness Week
I am amazed at the creativity and dedication shown by the families, teachers and the community of Midland Park to enhance our children’s education. After the state Department of Education cut aid to schools in 2010 causing drastic cuts in programs, parents stepped up to try to fill the gaps.
As a parent of two children in the district, I am grateful to all of the parents and organizations that have donated time, money and equipment to help make up for this enormous loss. The Midland Park Public Education Foundation purchased computer technology for all public schools in town. Athletic associations paid for equipment and field maintenance at the schools. Performing Arts Parents paid for new energy-efficient lighting in Memorial Hall auditorium last year. The dedication of these groups and generosity of local businesses and organizations have subsidized our schools.
As a member of the Elementary PTA I see this group give directly to our children’s education: field trips, transportation, assemblies, author visits, planners, printers, scanners, playground equipment, classroom grants, and one of my favorite times of the school year, Cultural Awareness Week.
Each March, parents from the elementary schools build a mini-convention in the Highland School gym. Last year’s Fair showcased the regions of the United States, while this year the Fair explores Events that Shaped America. Months of painting, carpentry, writing scripts, planning small activities for Kindergarten through sixth grade go into these few days. All of this is funded by our Elementary PTA and the creative parents in town.
I hope Midland Park residents will join our children on March 18 from 6 to 8pm at the Highland Gymnasium for a trip to our country’s past and some of the events that shaped it.
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