October 21, 2019
Oct. 21, 2019—As a way to increase the relationship between Campbell Middle School and its surrounding community, the first of many hopeful events at the campus concluded successfully with roughly 20 families attending “Painting with the Counselors” on Oct. 10.
The event was part of a challenge set by the Campbell counselors to think outside the box and make 2019-2020 “our best year ever.”
They began by offering Campbell parents and family members an opportunity to paint alongside their student. The hour-long event began at 6 p.m., allowing parents enough time to make it after work in some cases, or before work in others.
Each family sat with a canvas and paint in the cafeteria, while Campbell art teacher Christopher Allen led the group. He painted his own canvas, with the image projected to a large screen so attendees could easily follow along.
“We got a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time doing a really cool activity that was really outside our normal stuff,” said Stephanie Burris, who attended with her sixth grade daughter, Kemi Aolowo. “It was fun and we ended up with something cool that we did together. Plus, we got to speak with the counselors who I normally don’t get to see.”
Local business partners provided refreshments and lights snacks.
Throughout the hour, Campbell counselors walked around and spoke with parents and family members. A few even jumped in and helped paint as well.
“I loved it,” said Nancy Rojano, who attended with her sixth grade daughter, Mia Rojano. “My daughter got to know them a little more too. I’m all for her getting involved in anything after school.”
Said Campbell counselor Sabrina Barnett: “We wanted to make sure it’s not just work and telling them what their kids are doing good or bad. This is about a parent saying, ‘Hey, we can go to Campbell Middle School and have a good time.’”
Campbell does host a brown bag information session after school, but counselors wanted to find other ways to increase parent participation on campus. A spring event is already in the planning stages.
“We knew we had to step up our game,” Barnett said. “And what we heard were parents saying, ‘This is so much fun’ and ‘this is so good.’”