My Moment - Day 38 - Sigler Family Literacy

If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment.

As I mentioned in my blog, my #oneword is a call to action for me to be mindful of the moments that make up my day. The moments at home, the moments at work and the moments that happen in between.

Have you ever been a part of something great, but not been able to share it with anyone outside of your inner circle? Like keeping a big secret. 

Last June, visitors from Plano ISD's Student and Family Services Department stopped by Sigler Elementary to discuss a potential opportunity for families within our community. For years, Plano ISD has had a Plano Family Literacy Program, "dedicated to building healthy families by developing life, literacy and parenting skills through intergenerational education. The Family Services Department and the leader of Plano Family Literacy had just wrapped up, submitting a grant through Toyota Family Learning and the National Center for Families Learning to bring a second family literacy site to Plano ISD. The idea of bringing a program like this to the Sigler community sounded amazing, but at the time it was all just an idea, dependent upon being chosen as the program site and whether or not the grant would be funded. 

In September, we started Sigler Family Literacy as an official second site of Plano Family Literacy. Twice a week, we welcome ELL families into our school building with their preschool aged children to ultimately "strengthen the parent-child bond and improve our community at the same time." You can read more about the experience here: With Addition of Plano, Texas, Toyota Family Learning Expands to 11 Communities

Today was the day the secret was finally let out of the bag. No more hiding. It is time to showcase one more reason why Sigler Elementary is a darn great elementary school. It was an honor to be invited to the news conference announcing this amazing news. The guest list was truly a list of VIPs. There were representatives from the governor's office, representatives from the offices of US Congressmen and state of Texas politicians as well. In addition, there were both city council and school board members, the Mayor of Plano along with dignitaries from Toyota and Sharon Darling the president and founder of the National Center of Family Learning. Then there was me. Truly an honor. 

Then, there in the back of the room, were the parents who have and are participating in the family literacy program at Plano Family Literacy and Sigler Family Literacy. Already in just a few short months, I have seen our parents grow, right along side their students. Parents are learning the English language, developing a deeper understanding of how they can help themselves and help their children and more importantly, are growing a generation of students who will, without out a doubt, learn how valuable school and literacy are in growing our future. 

We have only been at it a short time at Sigler and I am excited to see how this partnership between Toyota Family Literacy, NCFL and Plano Family Literacy will flourish for our students and families. 

Want to read more: Plano Family Literacy School

What was your moment today?

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