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 Educators Treat Parents to Dinner and Open House

Parents and guardians enjoyed food, games, and networking recently at a special potluck.

It was the second year that the San Diego County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) Parent Guardian Engagement Team put on the Greet and Treat Parent/Guardian event, which was held Oct. 7 in North County and Oct. 8 in South County. There were about 50 parents and guardians who attended.

The night is similar to an open house where parents can come to meet the JCCS family and ask educators questions about the schools and programs.

Principals brought food for both events and the engagement team coordinated games that focused on the parents and guardians preparing their children for college, career, and community citizenship as well as how to support their children when faced with obstacles.

Many parents don't realize how much support there is for students and families, and this event is one way to connect them with services and resources, said Cynthia Burton, family involvement specialist with the Parent Guardian Engagement Team.

"It takes a whole community to educate a child," she said.

The get-togethers were also a way to invite family members to stay connected with JCCS as engaged partners.