Parents at Sleepy Hill Middle had a unique opportunity to experience a day in the life of their child.
Last Thursday, Sleepy Hill Middle held its first Give Me 3 event, allowing parents to shadow their child at school for at least three class periods.
More than 120 family members showed up, and participants spent the morning alongside students as they solved equations, wrote poems, analyzed texts and used 3D design software.
“I think our parents need to place themselves in their children’s shoes so they can experience what they do, and how they spend their time here at school,” said Wallace Selph, principal of Sleepy Hill Middle. “Parent involvement is an essential part of our students’ success, and this was a great way to encourage that.”
Sleepy Hill staff said the feedback they received from families was overwhelmingly positive.
Parents were able to see the differences in education today compared to their own childhood. One participant expected a day full of meetings with teachers but was surprised at the immersive nature of Give Me 3.
“We were only asking for parents to commit to three periods, but we had many that decided to stay all day,” said Gretchen Arzillo, testing coordinator at Sleepy Hill Middle. “It really was an amazing thing to see.”
The school is already planning another Give Me 3, for March.