"HIP" event for DPS, parents and students

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It was a lesson outside of the classroom for parents and children Saturday. Decatur Public Schools hosted its HIP event: Having Involved Parents. It was a parade that gathered parents, students and teachers to celebrate parent involvement in education.

DPS parent Rida Ellis wears two hats, "I have taught for five years in the district and now my son has started kindergarten and it's a lot different," she explained.

She's involved in her son's education as a mom.

"I try to make sure that my child comes first," she said.

And as a teacher.

"We have to make sure that our students are critical thinkers," Ellis said.

And make sure that parents are helping.

"We see when that element is not in a child's educational life, the child doesn't do as well," said Superintendent Gloria Davis.

District 61 showed how important it was to take that step and help children. Its HIP event started with a parade and ended in Central Park with activities, to celebrate parents and their children. It brought together all 22 schools and community organizations and businesses. Each table had activities or information about its programs.

"We have information about common core," said MacArthur Assistant Principal Debbie Alexander. "We have information about act prep, test taking strategies."

Because schools, parents and children must work together.

'It takes all of us to make a successful young person," Davis said.

Ellis' five year old son Qayden is on his way.

"I try to support the classroom teacher and whatever she sends home," Ellis said.

Because support at home plus in the classroom equals success.

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