by Olivia Contreras, Randall Elementary Assistant Principal
Project Cornerstone's mission is to engage adults and youth to change our schools and communities into environments where all youth develop essential skills for social and academic success. This year at Robert Randall Elementary School, we wanted to increase parent engagement by bringing Project Cornerstone's Los Dichos to our school. It is proving to be a very exciting endeavor and our parent engagement is growing by leaps and bounds!
Parent volunteers enter transitional kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms and spend about an hour, once a month, reading a specially selected bilingual book, each containing a valuable developmental asset. After reading and engaging students in discussions, parent volunteers lead students in an art project that connects to the story. Parent volunteers spend countless hours prepping and adorning our school with student work.
The entire Randall community is thoroughly enjoying the experience. When students see our Los Dichos parent volunteers, they are quick to ask when their next visit will be and our parent volunteers are full of pride and joy to know their presence is truly valued!