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October 5, 2005
Gay Neal, Commission on Children and Youth
No. 05-06

REACH for Success Parent's Fair Coming October 13

óThe Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth, in partnership with the Kitsap Parentís Alliance for Education, will host a REACH for Success Parentís Fair on Thursday, October 13, 2005, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Bremerton High School Auditorium.

Speakers will include Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman and Superintendents from Bremerton, South and Central Kitsap School Districts. The educational forum will focus on "Parentís Speak-Out on Education" and will offer parents an opportunity to speak their minds, get questions answered and seek help in regards to the education of their children. Community resources will be available, and activities will be provided for children and youth who attend the event with a parent or caregiver.

Members of the local community have increasingly become concerned about "achievement gap" issues being experienced by some of our local youth. At a time when technology is changing at its greatest pace in history, our youth are not keeping pace when compared to youth of other communities in the area of academic achievement. This problem is much more acute for youth of color and those from poor economic backgrounds.

According to the U.S. Department of Educationís Institute of Education Sciences, subpopulations that are especially vulnerable include racial and ethnic minorities, second-language learners, high-poverty students and low-achieving students. According to the Childrenís Alliance, 15% fewer students of color in Washington State are meeting basic standards for math, writing and reading than white students.

According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instructionís report, Addressing the Achievement Gap, there is a positive relationship between family engagement in their childís educational experience and improved academic achievement. When parents encourage learning at home, express high but reasonable expectations and support their childrenís education, low-income and minority students get better grades and test scores.

In an effort to provide an "open forum" for community members and educators to collaboratively address some of these issues, and to jointly develop constructive solutions, a collaborative team relationship has been formed between the NAACP, Bremerton Branch; local school district representatives; Kitsap County Government; local family and youth support agencies; and concerned citizens. The group, called the Kitsap Parentís Alliance for Education, is working toward the common goal of reducing the dropout rate and increasing the academic achievement of area youth by enhancing the positive involvement of parents in the education of their children.

For more information contact Gay Neal, Commission on Children and Youth at 360-337-4879.


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