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Local 763 members help get parents and students ready for school

The 78 members of the Madison Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel, IFT Local 763, partnered with their school district last month to strengthen the relationships between faculty, parents, and students as the new school year begins.
The local joined with administrators, school board members, community groups, and elected officials like Senator James Clayborne (D-East St. Louis) to plan and conduct two days of fun, collaborative events for students and parents in this community which has historically suffered from low parent involvement and lagging student attendance.


Members of Local 763 during the back-to-school kickoff parade.

On Day 1, union members and district staff canvassed door-to-door in the community to remind parents about the first day of school and to encourage students to attend. On Day 2, members participated in a back-to-school parade that culminated with a free festival in the park, where the union and district provided food and entertainment and gave away school supplies for students.


Local 763 President Joe Carrington (pictured above) said the event was a “tremendous success” and should help build bridges between parents and schools and motivate students to attend.


Sen. Clayborne (left) joined with Local 763 members and their students to start
the new year on the right foot.

“Strong supporters like Senator Clayborne help us create a positive momentum for our parents, community, and schools,” he said. “In conjunction with our union, Madison has set a four-year goal of becoming a Blue Ribbon district. This successful event was only the beginning of many great things to come from District 12 and Local 763.”




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