On September 16, 2014, LYFE participated in Dads Take Your Child to School Day in collaboration with the Mayor’s Fatherhood Initiative and its citywide partners, for the fourth year in a row. This year LYFE added a twist to the celebration and broadened the focus of the day to include, celebrate, and acknowledge the important roles immediate, extended, and kinship family members play in the success of LYFE children, student parents and the LYFE program as a whole. On this day we not only celebrated Dads Take Your Child to School Day but LYFE Family Day throughout all LYFE sites!
Across our 35 LYFE sites, over 250 family members (including moms, dads, grandparents and great grandparents) took part in LYFE Family Day. We are also proud to share that we had over 30 fathers participate on this day as a part of Dads Take Your Child to School Day. Families had an opportunity to learn about their child’s participation in the program and meet LYFE staff. LYFE Teachers, Social Workers, Educational Paraprofessionals, and Family Workers came up with interactive activities and experiences for LYFE families to participate in such as: sing-a-longs, hands-on art experiences, interactive photo booths, and storytelling. These activities allowed for families to have fun with their children while also exploring the ways their children learn and grow in the LYFE classroom every day. LYFE families were provided with LYFE tote bags for their participation in the day’s activities courtesy of the Office of School Health: Pathways to Success. Check out the joy on our families’ faces in the photo gallery below.
LYFE is proud to be a part of the citywide efforts to engage and empower families. The dedication and investment of families in the growth and development of LYFE student parents and their children is surely to have a positive generational impact. LYFE is looking forward to providing more family engagement opportunities this school year!
Special thanks to the following LYFE sites for sharing pictures for this post:
- Beach Channel Educational Campus
- Bronx Regional High School
- Bushwick Educational Campus
- Grand Street
- Harlem Renaissance High School
- Hillcrest High School
- Jeffrey Tenzer Educational Campus
- Long Island City High School
- Louis D. Brandeis High School
- Pathways to Graduation- Downtown Brooklyn
- Springfield Gardens Educational Complex
- Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
- Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus