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Take Your Family to School

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Event gets parents back in the classroom

By Tom Wilmoth

Last Thursday, parents of students at Bedford Primary School went back to the classroom.

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    And it was a lot of fun!
    Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the National PTA, the school’s PTA was able to fund the event with close to 300 signing up to participate.
    Bedford Primary Principal Lisa Dellis was pleased with the turnout and the opportunity to strengthen support for the school’s students with parents and the community.
    “I’m so proud of our PTA for getting the grant,” she said.
    The event is part of a PTA effort to get more parents involved with the school and to help parents get comfortable with coming to the school to talk with the teachers and the principal.
    The event started with a dinner in the “cafegymatorium,” the school’s cafeteria that also is used as a gymnasium and auditorium. Students, parents, teachers and a few special guests filled the room and enjoyed the food.
    Among the special guests was a visit from Southpaw, the Lynchburg Hillcats baseball team mascot. Southpaw and other representatives from the team challenged the students to read four books as part of the team’s “Hit the Books” program. Those students who take part can earn two free tickets to a Hillcats’ game in May that will include a fireworks display after the game.
    There was plenty to do after dinner.
    The instructional fair included some eight activity centers with parents being able to go to four that evening. Those included learning about “handwriting without tears” in the pre-school area; completing a literacy activity sorting sounds; playing “Sight Word Bingo” with first graders; exploring Web sites and activities in the math and computer lab; learning how to support a child’s fine motor skills; creating a “hair-raising” figure in the science area; participating in a Zumba dance in the cafegymatorium; and experiencing activities using iPads and iPods in the technology area.
    And there were door prize drawings after that.
    Bedford Primary School was one of only 45 PTAs in the country to receive the grant. Take Your Family to School Week is sponsored by the National PTA in February to encourage families to get involved with their children’s schools.