IPS celebrates all of our partners who contribute to school and student success in a variety of ways. IPS/Butler University Laboratory School 60 values the partners that encourage parent involvement. Butler’s Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) are instrumental in the success of the Lab School’s monthly parent and educational meetings by providing childcare.
IPS/Butler University Laboratory School 60 values the partners that encourage parent involvement. Butler’s Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) are instrumental in the success of the Lab School’s monthly parent and educational meetings. SEA and KDP members volunteer their time to provide free onsite childcare during the meetings. Without childcare, the parent meetings would likely have poor attendance.
“We all know the importance of parent participation, parent input and parent leadership at the school,” said Jessica McNiel, Parent Involvement Educator at the Lab School. “Because of SEA and KDP, parents can be involved without having to worry about finding childcare or paying for it.”
KDP has been a vital partner for the last five years, while SEA joined the partnership this year. The organizations alternate each month, and two to five volunteers provide childcare at the Lab School’s 10 meetings that are held each year. With approximately 15 children who need childcare, KDP and SEA serve an estimated 150 children annually. That’s approximately, 750 students over the course of the five year partnership!
“Family support is one of the most important factors in a child’s success,” said KDP President Sam Cusick. “Providing childcare allows parents and guardians the ability to participate in their child’s learning community. Our partnership with the Lab School allows the whole community to be a part of the well-rounded education that takes place for both the students and the families of the Butler Lab School.”
SEA and KDP have also shown support in other ways. SEA has donated $1,000 through Scholastic to provide books to new teachers.
“Each SEA member appreciates the relationship we have with the school,” explained Meghan Martin, SEA President. “We also love the chance to support some first-year teachers by donating to their classroom libraries.”
KDP has also created a lending library at the Lab School. The lending library is an area in the Parent Resource Center where current students and their younger siblings can borrow a book and return it once they are finished with it.
Thanks to SEA and KDP for their support of the Lab School. Your commitment allows our parents to stay involved.