Last week, family members and students of Great Oaks Charter Academy sat down to a family-style dinner together at the school.
More than 330 family members enjoyed fried chicken and spaghetti with other scholars and their families. Each table had conversation starters and a DJ kept everyone dancing.
“It was a great turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves,” said Sandra Kasmikh, a kindergarten teacher at Great Oaks who helped with the event.
The event was organized by the parent engagement committee, with Great Oaks staff setting up and serving the dinner.
“Statistics show that eating dinner at the table with your family and parent involvement contributes to student achievement so we wanted to include that in this event,” said Breanna Gore, a second-grade teacher at Great Oaks.
During the dinner a raffle was held. Prizes included educational games, tickets to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and tickets to the historic Motown Museum.
Each prize was specially selected to encourage further family educational time.
“The event was a huge success,” said Gore, “It was probably the biggest event we’ve had at the school.”
The event has become a new tradition at Great Oaks with plans for next year’s dinner already underway.