The PEAK parent center in Colorado published an article entitled “100 Reasons Why I Want My Child to Attend His/Her Neighborhood School.” I thought I’d list some of them here and I'll add the link to the
newsletter at the bottom so any of you who want/need more reasons can check it out.
Among my favorite reasons are the following:
·He knows kids in his neighborhood, so has a friend base to build on in
his neighborhood school.
·She should attend the same school as her brothers and sisters.
·If he gets sick or hurt, I can get to him faster.
·The bus ride will be shorter.
·She will feel a valued part of the community, rather than someone who
is different and has to be sent somewhere else.
·The whole family can attend school events together.
·We, as parents, can talk to our friends and neighbors about the school
and school events.
There are many more reasons why it makes sense.And the best reason of all, I believe, is that it is just the right thing to do. Our schools are the place our kids spend the most of their time outside our homes, and
they should be welcome there as valued members of that community.
Part of our job at this parent center is to assist parents to advocate for the least restrictive placement for their children.That placement is in the neighborhood school.
Link to article: http://speakout.peakparent.org/current-newsletter/100-reasons-for-neighborhood-schools
Call us, if we can help at (479)927-4100 and ask for Family Support Program or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lynn Donald Carver, FSP/CPRC Director
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)