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A Mile of Involvement

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Love the thinking in Denver -- getting parents energized about staying connected with their kids' education. Heck -- it's what this site is all about!

For the Denver Public Schools (and the -- love this name! -- Parent Empowerment Council), it's a new program -- the Mile High Parent Campaign -- aimed at getting parents to commit 5,280 minutes per year (get it? one mile for the Mile High city) or about a half hour per day to connecting with their children's education. Education (how to connect), inspiration (why to connect) and even prizes.

I'm sure some will say that parents should do this without incentives or a half hour is not enough -- but we love the spirit and creativity of this approach. So many districts give lip-service only to the importance of involvement.

What do you think?

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