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Ingleside Independent School District families enjoy learning all about the fun in engineering classes, during the inaugural Family Engagement and Community Fair. There was something to offer everyone, from fun activities, prizes, information, job opportunities, family planning and more. Ingleside Index

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Ingleside High School art students paint the face of a young Ingleside Independent School District student, as part of the first-ever Family Engagement and Community Fair to help bring families together, along with supportive resources. Ingleside Index

Ingleside Schools Host Inaugural Family Fair

Connecting families with one another, one staff member, one community member at a time.

That is how the Ingleside Independent School District has planned to build a core family and community engagement component to its learning plan. Kelsey Picou, Ingleside ISD Director of Communications & Community, said the district as a whole embodies and embraces that idea, as “it takes a village to raise a child.”

“We’re all here,” she said, of the district staff, administrators, and Board of Education members at the event. “Here are opportunities for all ages; it’s not just doing things by the book.”

The free Family Engagement and Community Fair event took place May 5 in Ingleside High School’s cafeteria and adjacent hallways and attracted hundreds of attendees. As guests arrived, the high school cheerleaders served as door greeters before families checked their students in at their respective school tables where they also entered a drawing for a large prize basket.

Vicki Talton, district parent liaison and truancy officer, said thinking outside the box to make school an even more inviting place to be helps students get excited about school. Showing added support for families, she said, also lets them know they’re not alone and can rely on the school district and supporting community agencies to be more successful.

“They have got to want to come to school,” she said.

Dozens of community groups, programs and family support agencies provided information, treats, prizes, and smiles to each guest. Students, their siblings, parents, and other attendees were excited to go from table to table where they collected all their goodies and learned about how they could grow their interests at school and in the community, and how parents could be supported in providing for their families.

Picou said one of the greatest parts of the fair was that it opened so much dialogue between students and their parents/guardians about new interests, clubs, resources and other opportunities to learn from each other. The fair had something to offer everyone, including family planning, job opportunities, community service pieces and volunteer programs.

Attendees also just simply had fun, particularly with the Ingleside High School’s welding student’ virtual welding machine and the engineering students’ showcasing the three-dimensional printer and related fun work. Art students volunteered their time for face painting, and the culinary team baked cupcakes for guests.

“There’s something for everyone,” Picou said.

Talton said the traditional means Ingleside ISD has tried to reach parents in the past has been through a couple of general meetings at each respective school building. Through the family engagement and community involvement fair, all district campuses were able to come together, which helped families who have children in multiple buildings.

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