Akili Academy teachers, staff, and parents gathered on September 4 for the first Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting of the year and a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of the new playground. Principal Allison Lowe led the meeting and ceremony. About 40 members of the Akili community were in attendance.
“We are so happy to welcome our parents to campus,” Lowe said when welcoming the group. “We are excited to launch our PTO, and for new opportunities for parents and staff to collaborate for the good of our scholars.”
During the meeting, the group discussed their objectives for the organization, ways that parents could support the school, and upcoming events. The PTO will hold regular evening meetings for parents and teachers. In addition, Parent Breakfasts will be held throughout the year for parents who cannot attend evening meetings. The first Parent Breakfast of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 23 at 8 a.m. on the Akili campus. On September 13th, parents and staff are invited to caravan to the first 7th grade flag football and first 5th/6th grade volleyball games. The group will meet at Akili at 1:30 p.m. to make spirit posters in support of the team and then caravan to Langston Hughes.
Following the meeting, the group moved to the courtyard to celebrate the newly-installed playground. In partnership with Project Fleur-de-lis™ (PFDL), a program of Mercy Family Center, Akili had a playground built by Bliss Products in August. PFDL has partnered with Akili for the past four years, providing counseling and support services for children exposed to trauma.
Lowe expressed her gratitude to PFDL for their partnership in funding the playground. “While we know that academics are extremely important for our scholars, we also know that play is very important for their development and growth,” she said. “It is truly a wonderful sight to look out from the second floor hallways throughout the day, and see our children playing and enjoying the playground.”
Following the cutting of the ribbon, scholars were invited to play on the new equipment. Guests then enjoyed dinner provided by PFDL and catered by Portobello’s.