Crossroads Charter Academy hosts event featuring team-strengthening activities

KEEPING KIDS ENTERTAINED: During the Crossroads Charter Academy Parent Teacher Connect event, parents were able to leave their children in an evening day care, where they could use computers as well as play other games together. (Pioneer photo/Adam Gac)

KEEPING KIDS ENTERTAINED: During the Crossroads Charter Academy Parent Teacher Connect event, parents were able to leave their children in an evening day care, where they could use computers as well as play other games together. (Pioneer photo/Adam Gac)

BIG RAPIDS — A number of Crossroads Charter Academy parents had the opportunity to interact with their children’s teachers and administrators during an all-new approach to strengthening the dynamic between parents and educators.

Parent Teacher Connect took place on Friday, Jan. 29. The event was suggested by parents as a way to strengthen the connection between parents, teachers and administrators, according to Chris White, Crossroads Elementary principal.

“We’ve never actually done it like this before – this was a suggestion from our parent advisory group,” he said.

The connect event is in addition to other events like parent teacher conferences, White said.

“We typically have an event every other month. This year, we didn’t start until this one, so we will have one in January, February and March,” he said. “In February, we will do some different activities that get the parents working with their children.”

Employees of Cran-Hill Ranch helped Crossroads coordinate the activities during the event. The activities are intended to enhance communication and improve connectedness among the parents and the teachers, according to Scott Barger, Cran-Hill Ranch executive director.

“In the beginning we are starting with some get to know you activities that will feed into our final event,” he said. “In the end the activities come together with all three teams working together, yet independently, to complete a common goal. It’s just like you have to do in an education environment. Board, teachers, parents, administrators and kids all try to help kids be successful in their education.”

The event was a great opportunity to meet with parents and form a stronger relationship, according to Pam Duffy, superintendent.

“It’s important to build relationships with parents, to let them know that if they ever have any questions or concerns, they can come to me,” she said. “Putting a face with a name will make that easier for them.”

During the event, parents were able to leave their children in one of the classrooms where they could play board games, use computers and interact with their classmates, White said.

“It’s actually a licensed day care facility,” he said. “We just got a latchkey license.”

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Adam is the Pioneer City/County Reporter, covering government in Mecosta County. He can be reached by e-mail at agac@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8347.

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