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A good idea: bringing schools, families together

May 18, 2012
The Mining Journal

At first glance, the 13th annual Child and Family Resource Center Family Night might seem like "just" another event at the Aspen Ridge School, which is part of the NICE Community School District.

But think about what the event was: An evening that brought together students, parents and others from the community for a special gathering.

When viewed in that light, this is exactly the kind of undertaking we would like to see more of in all of our schools.

With budget squeezes forcing those who run our educational system to make some difficult choices, an evening devoted to supporting one another is a welcome development.

While the theme of the night is celebrating families, the event also emphasizes the contributions everyone can make to providing the best education possible to our children.

We applaud the school's Child and Family Resource Center for coordinating this worthwhile evening. Youngsters need to know how important their school is to the community as a whole. They need to know that parents, educators, businesses and other organizations all believe the school system should be a priority.

At this event, the families of children who attend Aspen Ridge come to school for an evening of demonstrations and fun activities ... plus a hot dog supper.

Organizations and businesses as diverse as the Marquette Food Co-op to the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum to Best Buy set up a different activity in each room in the elementary wing of Aspen Ridge.

By roaming the halls of the school, families could do everything from touching real animal pelts to tying fly-fishing flies, making their own kites to making a slimy, putty-like substance called Flubber.

The Heritage Hills Horseback Riding stable even brought horses, much to the delight of youngsters, and tours of the Aspen Ridge hoop house were part of the evening as well.

We hope to see more wonderful evenings like Family Night in schools throughout Superiorland.

When kids are reminded that their school is an integral part of their community, it reinforces an important concept: We are all in this together.



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