Engaging Families for Student Success

Turning the Page Chicago’s First Year

September 20, 2016

img_2353Turning the Page’s first year in Chicago has flown by and it’s already time to celebrate TTP Chicago’s first anniversary!

Last year, we began working in four schools by meeting with the experts who know Chicago students best – parents and teachers! We listened to them describe the unique challenges Chicago schools face and how we could help.

From there we planned Community Nights that addressed these challenges through parent workshops and enriching activities for families. We hosted 32 Community Nights with topics that ranged from math and science to health and wellness. Over 400 parents and 600 students attended Community Nights. We distributed almost 3,000 books to families and 80 percent of parents said they used the resources we provided to support their child’s learning at home.img_2436

Along with this hard work, we had a ton of fun too! Turning the Page families went on field trips to the Field Museum of Natural History and the Harris Theater. This summer, parents and children learned side-by-side in a cooking class, recycled art workshop and on an urban farm. All of these experiences encouraged curiosity and everyday learning at home.

We’re thrilled with this progress and excited to continue working with parents and schools to make sure kids get the support they need to be successful students!