Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Open house, dinner draw crowds

August 24, 2006

This time, it was the parents' turn to find the classrooms, meet the teachers and learn the rules.

About 200 families turned out Monday night for Lansing High School's annual open house, which was held in conjunction with the LHS Band Booster club's taco dinner.

At the open house, parents received copies of their children's class schedules and attended eight minutes' worth of each class.

They met the teachers and administrators, asked questions and learned about the rules and expectations the students would be held to this school year.

LHS principal Steve Dike said the event was an important component of the school year for students and their families.

"It gets us off on a good start," Dike said. "That way, if we need to have a serious conversation later with the parents, we already have those lines of communications open."

Parent Mitch Kelloff said the open house also was significant because it showed students their parents care, and it allowed moms and dads an opportunity to meet other families.

"If you're not involved in their education, you're not involved," Kelloff said. "We want to know their friends, their friends' parents, their teachers. We want to know their friends so if they ever need help, they know where to go."

The taco dinner, also an annual tradition, was the band booster club's first major fundraiser of the school year.

Proceeds from the free-will donations will help fund the LHS band's trip to Chicago in March 2007. Club president Kathy Cavaleri said the trip would cost about $600 per student.

"We want to make sure every band member gets to go," Cavaleri said. "If money's an issue for individual students, we hope to defer that."

Last year's dinner brought in more than $500.

The club also raises money with winter sports concessions and provides financial support for the annual band banquet, guest honoraria and two scholarships each year.

Cavaleri said the taco dinner was not only a major fundraiser, but it also offered families who attended the open house a convenient meal.

"We have a captive audience," she said. "We're all scrambling after school to attend events like the open house."

Band students and booster club members served dinner to about 150 people.

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