Staff at Reynaldo Martinez Elementary in North Las Vegas had an idea. Why don't we go into the community our school serves to get families involved.
They spent last Sunday knocking on doors, inviting parents and students to an early and educational back to school party. The party took place Thursday.
It's a chance for Reynaldo Martinez Elementary staff and teachers to meet this year's students and parents before the start of the new school year. Nichole Urias with Martinez Elementary says, "nationally we know that we're losing a whole generation of children of color and we just said that's not going to happen on martinez' watch. We're going to go out into the community and break that cycle"
Parents also talked about the impact of the school and their kids. Verdana Marquez says, "the kids needs to know that their parents are there. They need to know that, they really do."
Staff spent Thursday morning giving away backpacks and school supplies and most importantly, talking with the kids. "It's really cool, they're bringing the school together", says Joquin a 6th grader at Martinez Elementary.
Andrew chambers is a 4th grader at Martinez Elementary and he says, "I just met my new teacher and he seems like a really good teacher. I'm not gonna lie, he seems like a really good teacher ."
This was the first year Martinez Elementary held a back to school event. Kids were already putting in requests Thursday and they're talking about an ice cream party for next year.
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