Dozens of principals and hundreds of parents packed the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC) on Sept. 10 to kick off another year of cooperation and collaboration through the Cherry Creek School District Parents’ Council.
President Mari Anne Imhoff welcomed the group with some interesting facts about its history. Parents’ Council evolved from a 1950s parents’ group known as the Community Council and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1970, when there were only 11 schools in the district. Today there are more than 60!
Throughout the years, Parents’ Council has focused issues including growth, school finance and innovation in education. Its mission is to “promote the exchange of ideas among parent representatives of all schools in Cherry Creek, and to serve as a vehicle of communication within the district for parents, teachers, administrators, the Board of Education, and any interested persons.” The group holds monthly meetings, workshops for PTO/PTCO officers and an annual Vendors’ Fair featuring fundraising ideas for school groups, clubs and sports teams. Parents’ Council also hosts the Cherry Creek Schools Exceptional Volunteer Event each spring.
During the September meeting, Board of Education President Jennifer Churchfield thanked parents for volunteering their time to be involved in their children’s schools. Superintendent Mary Chesley shared the mission of the district; “To inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care” and explained the district’s focus on every – every student, every school, every day – to ensure that every child reaches his or her academic potential.
The next Parents’ Council meeting will be held from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. on Mon., Oct. 8, at SARC, located at 14188 E. Briarwood Ave. in Centennial. Other meetings will be held Nov. 12, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 11 and Apr. 8.
For more information about Parents’ Council, visit www.ccparentscouncil.org.