March Family and Community Engagement Strategies
The Pasco (Washington) School District employs two programs in their parent and community engagement programs, VIP Days and Bring Your Parent to School Day.
Very Important Patron (VIP) Days
VIP Days give community members and parents the opportunity to participate in a typical morning of high school classes with a high school student or their own child as their guide. After morning refreshments and a welcome by the superintendent, visitors are able to experience school life from the eyes of a current student as they "shadow" the student in their morning classes. Guests participate in lessons; meet teachers, administrators and staff; and experience the reality of being a high schooler today. This half-day event concludes with lunch and a debriefing where patrons and students share their impressions of the day.
Bring Your Parent to School Day
Parents and guardians of high school freshmen are invited to spend a morning at school attending classes with their child. These events are held in October in an effort to engage both the student and parent early in the high school process. This is also a great target event for students who may be having a difficult transition into high school. This half-day event concludes with lunch and a debriefing where parents and students share their impressions of the day.
Thanks to the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for providing these strategies in the NSPRA Diversity Communications Toolkit.