Modesto City Schools will hold a Family Fun Night on Thursday at Mellis Park. Free activities, food and entertainment are planned, with dozens of booths offering information and services.
The evening will mirror family nights held in July in south Modesto, said Jorge Perez, director of student, family and community support services.
“It’s a little bit of everything in one event,” Perez said Friday, including demonstrations by safety services, health booths and games.
The event is a collaboration by the school district, the West Modesto King-Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative, the King-Kennedy board of directors, Stanislaus Asian American Community Resource, Franklin Elementary Healthy Start and the Modesto Police Department.
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The school district uses the events to reach out to parents, Perez said. The south side family nights have gone on for several summers. This represents a new venture into the west side of Modesto, he said. Another in east Modesto is still in the planning stages.
“We want to get this one under our belt,” he said.
The district is beefing up its community outreach to improve the required feedback for its Local Control Accountability Plan and help achieve many of its goals. Perez’s office has hired a district coordinator, Madie Herrera, and next week hopes to complete hiring of a community aide for field work, he said.
“We want to build some bridges,” Perez said.