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Richmond principal wants to see more parents at school

It's Bring Your Parent to School Day!
Posted at 8:22 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 08:24:53-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Sharpening tools in their parents’ toolbox. That’s what one Richmond school is doing this week, hoping to set up parents for success.

Fairfield Court Elementary in Richmond opened the doors Friday morning for their first ever Bring Your Parent to School Day!

Parents will observe how their child spends the school day and interacts with teachers.

Principal Demitri Sermon said after attending classes with their children and a luncheon, parents can then take part in a job and resource fair in the school gym.

"“A lot of our parents just need a chance," Sermon said. "So, this is an opportunity for us to help give those parents the chance to do better to improve for their family and themselves.”

Communities In Schools Coordinator Suzy Blevins said there will be a focus on job skills, mental health counseling, financial literacy, health, and nutrition. The ultimate goal is to empower parents.

“We really want to expose parents to opportunities they may not already have and grow their parent tool kit,” Blevins said.

Bring Your Parent to School Day! is strictly for parents who have students attending Fairfield Court Elementary.

It runs from 8:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.

More than 20 vendors and employers have registered to participate.