Volunteers to Visit New Haven Homes for Kindergarten Canvass!

August 16, 2013
Volunteers to Visit New Haven Homes, Welcome Kindergartners to School
NEW HAVEN – School hasn’t started yet, but community leaders, teachers, school administrators and volunteers will mobilize this Saturday, Aug. 17, to make sure that New Haven kindergartners get off to a great start. They will fan out across city neighborhoods for the second Kindergarten Canvass, knocking on doors and welcoming families with incoming kindergarten students to New Haven Public Schools.
WHO:  New Haven Public Schools, United Way of Greater New Haven, City of New Haven, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries, teachers, principals, community volunteers
WHEN:  Kickoff at 9:30 a.m., SATURDAY, Aug. 17 (Canvass from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
WHERE:  Kickoff will be at the new East Rock Community Magnet School, 133 Nash St.
The canvass, which reached more than 1,000 households in its inaugural year in 2012, is a joint effort of United Way of Greater New Haven, New Haven Public Schools and the city of New Haven. It focuses on family engagement, a key component in Boost! and Parent University New Haven. It is part of the broader “ART of School Success” campaign, which stresses the importance of Attending school, Reading and incorporating family “Talk time” into every day.
“Preparation is a key to success, and that includes for students and families starting kindergarten,” said Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries. “Participating in the canvas is a great opportunity for me, for district staff, and for our partners to meet our newest students in their homes and communities, and to be sure they start their journey in New Haven Public Schools on the right foot.”
Jack Healy, United Way of Greater New Haven President and CEO, said : “We know through our work in Boost! that parent engagement is critical in helping children succeed in school. Parents need to feel involved and invested in their children’s education. This canvass brings to life our partnership with the school district, community groups, volunteers and parents. Together we are changing the odds for New Haven students.”
Families will have opportunities to ask questions and receive a welcome pack that includes, among other things, a children’s book thanks to the generosity of local business Higher One.
“Parental engagement is an important component of School Change because it is such a significant determinant of academic success,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr. “This canvass helps work toward engaging parents but is also a wonderful opportunity to meet neighbors and fellow residents - all around, a good thing.”
Volunteers will also hit the streets for the Kindergarten Canvass Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. They will convene at the start of each session at East Rock School, 133 Nash St.