Cars lined the Jones Elementary School driveway, parking lot and grassed areas. The campus hallways bustled with parents transitioning from one classroom to the next during the annual Bring Your Parent to School Day. 

Jones Elementary parents joined their students for a hands-on experience of what it is like being a student for a day. This is the fifth-year that the school has hosted the event. According to the campus principal, Cheryl Fontenot, the parent attendance grows each year. 

“I am excited to see so many parents attend today,” Fontenot said. “This year we had grandparents travel from out-of-state to learn about our school.”

National Parental Involvement Day is on November 21. The celebration provides an opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the contributions parents and guardians provide at school and home to support student success.

According to the National Education Association, parents and guardians who take an active role in their children’s education allows for optimal success at school.  Research also shows that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores confidence among parents in their children’s education.

The event kicked off with a campus-wide pep rally. Parents and students were treated to special performances by the campus dance team and the the Jones Middle School band. 

During the event, Jones parents and guardians completed in-class activities with their students and had an opportunity to sit-in on special workshops from district experts. Parents could choose from topics like,”How to Make Reading With My Child Something We Both Enjoy,” “Building Mathematical Minds,” and “STAAR Testing – What You Need To Know.”

“I hope that our parents are able to take a deeper look into what school looks like for their student each day.” 

Fontenot says the plan is to continue holding the event to allow parents an opportunity to learn how to better support their student during school hours and at home.

Check out photos from the event.