Parents Reaching Out Grants

Sacré-Cœur Catholic School – New Liskeard

Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières
Reaching Out to You

Parents Reaching Out grants help parents to identify barriers to parent engagement in their own community, and find local solutions to get more parents involved. Parents who are involved in their children's education help to support their children's achievement and well-being.

This video is part of a series that features successful parent engagement projects funded through the Ministry of Education's Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants.

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Angy Manners / President of the Parents' Committee at Sacré-Cœur Catholic School:

The purpose is to make our community aware of the services available for welcoming families whose language of communication is not necessarily French. Reaching Out to You makes it clear that our doors are open and a warm welcome is offered. It's true that the project has been very successful: we had a significant response before the reception, as well as after the event. We had lots of publicity through word of mouth, many parents showed up at the event, and they had the opportunity to discuss the issues that worried them and mattered to them.

Nathalie Grenier Ducharme / Director of Sacré-Cœur Catholic School:

What I find truly brilliant and significant about the PRO projects, it's that they allow parents to identify a need in our community, find a creative solution to it, and then, what's more, to pitch in and really work with the school to address this need. So what's truly brilliant is that this gives us the money to do it all, a means to identify what our need is, and, going further, a means to collaborate so that we can properly address these needs and evaluate whether or not the process gave us results. So it's really an ideal starting point for being able to have a good collaboration with parents.

Chrissy Green / Parent:

I think this has been really important for the English-speaking community, because people think there are barriers, but when my children went to school we overcame those barriers. We received a lot of support with homework and with the language. It's important for children to know that parents are interested and supportive of their education.

Delphine Sherman / Parent:

We had a lot of responses after our initial advertising effort, when people called the school and asked lots of questions about the project. Following the completion of the program, during school enrolment, people asked questions, directed at parents and at the parents' committee. A lot more people came to our schools and later spoke with us – altogether it was quite a big success.

Angy Manners:

This project was particularly important because we have a lot of families where the language at home is not necessarily French, and we want to advertise that services were available here for the children to learn French.

Nathalie Grenier Ducharme:

Our school teaches the youngest grades, kindergarten through third grade, so it's very important for the parents to be involved, because this is the beginning of their children's education. We know that when parents are involved, children are more successful, they're more confident in school, collaboration with teachers is much more effective, so the children have a better chance to succeed. Across the board if the parents can feel that they have a place in the school and that their contribution is valued, that's when their participation becomes much more important. Their opinion really counts: they're the ones who know what parents need. Once we listen to them, we'll know what we can do to address their needs, so their collaboration is very important.

Angy Manners:

There's already a lot more interest since the presentations, like what the Reaching Out to You project had. Parents participate a lot at our school, especially now that they feel welcome, and they keep coming back to the school. Before they may have viewed coming to participate as an inconvenience, but now they come in large numbers, and that strengthens the feeling of belonging here in our scholastic community.

Delphine Sherman:

The program has been important in our children's education. Our school works a lot with parents. It's a team effort between the school and the parents. The children here start in kindergarten and go through third grade: these are very important years, the years when children have the most ease with learning language. The school can't work at educating our children without the parents, so we have to work together. If we can communicate to the parents that the school is there to help them and they are there to help the school, that it's a team effort and that's how we want to work, then that's how our children will have a good education.

Nathalie Grenier Ducharme:

It's important for children and parents to be involved in our school at the linguistic and cultural level. It's important at the community level, it's important for the livelihood of our school and scholastic institutions, it's important at the provincial level. We have one of the founding languages of this province, of this country. We have our place, and it's up to us to know that anyone can find their place in our beautiful language and our beautiful culture. Our doors are open and our people are good: we know that once we open our doors, then our culture can be valued for all the beauty it can offer.

To learn more visit: www.ontario.ca/EDUparents