Adelle Turner Elementary School recently hosted National African American Family Involvement Day (NAAFID), a day that is meant to celebrate and encourage African American families to maintain an active and ongoing role in their child’s academic life. The nationally recognized day started in Michigan 25 years ago as “National African American Parent Involvement Day” (NAAPID) and has been renamed to respect and include children who may live in a non-traditional family setting.
“National African American Family Involvement Day is the day where we can get our parents to come out and see what the day is like for their scholars on a typical school day,” said Natalie Crittendon, the school’s principal.
Parents had a chance to go inside classrooms with their students and watch how they learn. They also had lunch together. “My favorite part about today was how I got to tour people around my school and show them how amazing it is,” said Lanzie, a student.
“We want our scholars to see that they have support, not just from school, not just from families, but from the community as well. If you come out and support, and when the Dallas Education Foundation comes out and supports, it shows our scholars that we’re all working together,” Crittendon said.
Campuses interested in hosting NAAFID next year, or partners who would like to support and volunteer, can contact Candace Sledge, director of Partnerships & Volunteer Services, at email@example.com.