LANCASTER—After five 5 years of a joint Mayor & Superintendent Back to School fair, a district-wide one-stop-shop event, the Lancaster Independent School District and its partners, the Lancaster Education Foundation and the City of Lancaster are aiming to strengthen the parent-teacher-student connection by hosting inaugural Tiger Welcome events on each campus ahead of the first day of school.
Each campus will have a fun, festive, interactive event that will also provide students with essential back to school resources such as haircuts, school supplies, dental and vision screenings, access to uniforms and other services.
“This format allows us to directly connect our families with the campus teams,” began Chief Communications Officer Sonya Cole-Hamilton as she explained the value of this new approach.
“Not only will they get to meet the teachers and campus leader, but they get to walk the halls and see what’s in store for their students. In addition, we will have an opportunity to have a fun, family event that will get students excited about the start of school.”
Lancaster ISD has seven elementary campuses, a sixth grade campus, a middle school campus, one high school and an alternative learning campus. The district’s mission, earthed in the spirit of collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society.
Rosa Parks-Millbrook Elementary Principal Dr. Marlon Waites is excited about connecting the campus to the community through his campus event.
“The benefit of having the Tiger Welcome at our campus is that the community will get sense of family,” he said. “All of the parents, teachers and community members will feel as if they are at a family reunion.”
Waites also added the event’s valuable opportunity for more personalized experiences.
“Our parents will get to ask those face to face questions and children will have the notion that school is a place where you can have fun, enjoy others and receive a good education.”
While the traditional single-day, one location event will be spread out over three days at various campuses, there is still room for our community of vendors to offer access to essential back to school services for students and families.
Interested vendors should visit the district’s website at www.LancasterISD.org.
Additionally, the Lancaster Education Foundation made great strides to ensure that students who were prequalified prior to the close of the 2015-2016 school year will receive school supplies. These students will receive their supplies at the campus during the first week of school.
The city’s partnership with the school district is also etched into back-to-school events and employees and public service staff will be at various sites connecting with the community.
In addition to our Tiger Welcome events, we look forward to seeing students and families during our annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Welcome which will take place on the first day of school, August 22.
For more information, or if you or your organization would like to participate as a vendor for the Tiger Welcome events, please visit the district website at www.LancasterISD.org.