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RCSD helps parents, kids start strong

Rochester, N.Y. Starting a new school year can be an adjustment for kids and their parents, but a festival Saturday helped ease some of those worries.

The Rochester City School District hosted the Start Strong program, offering workshops full of information on programs parents and kids can utilize throughout the year. Meanwhile, kids got to check out instruments, bounce houses, a mobile fire department, a petting zoo and other activities.

Willie Robinson, the districts parent engagement director, said the goal is for parents to be involved and engaged.

Some parents can't come to school for an after-school parent meeting, he said. Some parents can't come to school during the middle of the day, so we're trying to have creative opportunities."

Robinson said the district is also urging parents to use ParentCONNECT, a Web-based tool that allows them to check their childrens grades and attendance and communicate with teachers.

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