Speak Up and Get Involved on Cesar Chavez DayMarch 31, 2015
By Jessica Vician
Today is Cesar Chavez Day, when we not only celebrate the labor movement and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, but also honor his life and spirit through community service.
The mission of YOU Parent is to provide community support for child success. By empowering other parents to speak up and get involved in their children’s education, we all provide a better future for our children, the community, and society as a whole. Use this day as inspiration to make a difference in your community starting with your own child and then by inspiring other parents to do the same.
How can you get involved in your child’s education? It starts with understanding a child’s four needs for success: physical health, emotional well-being, social well-being, and academic achievement. When these needs are met, the child can become a better student, receive a better education, and therefore lead a fulfilling and successful life.
Get involved in these areas of your child’s life. If you cater to these needs, your child will be better able to pay attention in school and will arrive to class ready to learn.
- Make sure he or she is eating well and getting enough exercise.
- Tell your child you love him or her and give lots of hugs.
- Watch your child play with his or her friends—does your child show others respect and enjoy the social time?
- Ask your child to go through homework with you and let him or her teach you the lesson to encourage academic success.
Of course, you can’t do it alone. If you’re taking care of your child’s needs at home, you still need to ensure he or she is getting a good education at school. Speak up and advocate for your child’s education—it will not only benefit your child, but the other students at the school as well.
- Stay in regular contact with your child’s teacher and attend parent-teacher conferences.
- Volunteer for the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or another parent organization at your child’s school and influence school policies that will benefit the students.
- Ask the school principal for parent engagement programs, like the YOU Program, that teach parents how to meet their children’s needs and teach educators how to better work with parents to boost student achievement.
- Bring parent engagement programs and knowledge to local community organizations and help educate other parents on the need to be present and involved in their children’s lives.
- Ask other parents for help when you need it. Can’t pick up your child from school? Ask a classmate’s parent and reciprocate later. By seeking help from and giving it to other parents, you’re building a stronger parent community for the kids in your neighborhood.
Cesar Chavez spoke up for what he believed in and rallied for change for the betterment of individuals and society. We believe that every child should have access to a strong support network so that he or she can succeed in life and give back. You can provide that support and inspire others to do the same. Speak up and get involved today to make a difference tomorrow.
Learn more about how strong parent engagement can help your child succeed in school and in life in the YOU: Your Child's First Teacher books.