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Corps Member Monday: Family Engagement Program Block Party

April 15, 2013

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By: Zac Dubois, Proud Corps Member serving at Capitol Middle School

In addition to our various roles as corps members, three to four CMs from each of our four schools are active in our Family Engagement efforts, an opportunity made possible by Capitol One’s sponsorship.  Amongst the goals of our Family Engagement Program is the creation of community events which help foster a stronger relationship between City Year and the families of students with which we work.

Last Saturday, April 6, BREC and Glen Oaks Baptist church hosted a Community Outreach block party.  City Year was fortunate enough to seize the opportunity to get involved and offer our support.  Among the students and their families who were enjoying the inflatable slides, face painting, bounce houses, snacking on snowballs, burgers and dogs, and watching some local talent, were volunteers adorned in khaki, white and red.

Between distributing information about child wellness and safety, supervising (and sometimes joining in with) the children in their various activities, and playing softball with students and their families, City Year’s hand in engaging students and families was on point.  By and large, the day was a tremendous success! This event is just one example of the strides City Year takes to engage the whole family in the whole school and the whole community.

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