National Family Week proclaimed in Crowley
National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving.
All schools in Acadia Parish, along with the Title I Parental and Family Involvement Program, have begun the school year fostering family partnerships, as well as implementing strategies and activities to actively involve parents in the education of their children.
Research findings indicate that a positive home/school connection will increase parent support and involvement and will lead to an increase in student achievement.
While every week should be family week in households, this national week that celebrates the family helps to motivate many families to make some new goals and spend more time together.
Family time is a key part of raising children and more important than most people know.
Why not take advantage of this National Family Week to encourage new family activities in the household?
Sam Wiley, an Indianapolis teacher and school administrator, started National Family Week in 1968 as a means to provide Americans with an opportunity to promote strong families. This is achieved by building community connections and honoring those who strengthen families.
A healthy goal for every family is to set aside at least 30 minutes a day to spend together. Even though many families are busy and family members and other people are coming and going out of the house throughout the day, if you schedule this time and make it a part of your routine, it will happen.
If you do not schedule it and make it a priority, the likelihood of your entire family being together for even 15 minutes a day is not very likely.
Apart from these 30 minutes every day, you may want to try to host at least a weekly family activity.
Spend one evening as a family without any interruptions. Some ideas include going out for a meal, movie night at home, game night, campfires, a park trip or anything your family loves to do.
This night will undoubtedly provide you with many laughs and make some long lasting family memories.
The Acadia Parish School Board also suggests that if you have young children at home, try to make this week all about them.
Spend extra time doing the activities that they love.
Crafts, singing, splashing in the tub, drawing, coloring, making forts, reading and all your children’s favorite activities should take precedence over any other activities. This allows the children to feel special and that they are valued as important members of the family.
National Family Week celebrates the contributions of families everywhere.
Families strengthen communities by teaching important values such as compassion and honesty to their children.
Families also offer a supportive environment to help ensure that children grow into responsible members of society. By providing guidance and unconditional love, parents shape the character of their children.
All Americans are grateful to the country’s military families, who have stood by their loved ones in times of war and peace.
America will always be especially thankful for the sacrifices of military personnel and for their devotion to duty and their love of country.
Everyone has a role to play in making families successful, including neighborhood organizations, businesses, nonprofit agencies, policymakers and families themselves.
With the assistance and resources of agencies and organizations such as the National Alliance for Children and Families and the city of Crowley through the efforts of the Acadia Parish School Board, all in the community can help families of all shapes and sizes create a better future for all of Crowley, Acadia Parish, the state of Louisiana and the U.S.
Superintendent John E. Bourque, Title I Supervisor Steve Duplechin, along with Family Involvement Coordinator, Antoinette Pete, emphasize daily the importance of “Reaching Every Child Every Day” through active involvement of “Family, a child’s greatest Gift!”
Visit the Parent Web Page of the Acadia Parish School Board website www.acadia.k12.la.us for additional information and for ways to make a difference throughout the school year.