On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, we participated in the Community Partnership meeting at Parker Elementary School to discuss ways we could collaborate with various community partners to better enrich the lives of culturally and linguistically diverse students, their families, teachers, staff, administration and the community at large. In attendance were various representatives from local organizations such as the city's Parks and Recreation department, the United Way, the YMCA and others. One of the initiatives discussed at the meeting was an establishment of The Parker Family Cafe Academy, the intent for which is to bridge the school, families, and community resources. As captured in the following quote "a space where we share, learn and acknowledge the tremendous treasure troves of Parker families as well as host a myriad of FREE, fun, interactive and learning opportunities that supports the caregiver, child, and family/community by: helping their child achieve and succeed; personal growth; family health & wellness; parenting and child development; family and community programming; and career and professional growth." At the meeting we shared our work including the summer STEAM academy. As members of STEAM Language, Learning and Identity Research lab, we are excited to collaborate with families, schools, and community members, and bridge our resources to support community capacity building. We are excited and look forward to engaging with our community partners and collaborating with community members and the faculty/staff at Parker Elementary.
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