PCSD students, staff and community celebrate PCSD at Rally for Public Education
May 13, 2019
An abundance of Parma City School District pride was on display at the third annual Rally For Public Education.
Before the start of school on May 3, teachers, staff, students and families gathered outside of each building to celebrate public education.
The event, organized by the Parma Education Association (PEA), not only showcased staff and students to the community, but also recognized the end of another great school year.
“It’s important to have this event for a lot of reasons,” expressed Sue Messinger, PEA president. “We value public education and we want people to know how much we value it. We also value our community, and that is not just the teachers, staff, students and their parents, but that is the community at large as well.”
Rally For Public Education was started by PEA to increase community engagement and bring the significance of public education to the forefront.
“We really believe that if the public schools are strong, then you have a strong community,” she said. “When we can all come together, it just makes educating future adults that much easier. Also, anytime we have the chance to show positive support, we like to promote that as much as possible.”
Each year, the event has grown in size, with more and more people coming out to show their support.
Rallies kicked off at the middle and high schools at 7 a.m. and wrapped up at 7:25 a.m. Pleasantview held their event from 8 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. and elementary schools had their rallies from 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.
Every school had something unique to make their event stand out.
Valley Forge’s choir sang, Normandy’s drum line performed, and Parma Park held a Touch-A-Truck event with the City of Parma Heights, including police, fire and EMS vehicles.
These were just a few of the special activities held throughout the district. To view more photos of the events, visit parmacityschools.org/monitor.
Something universal, even in the rain, was the PCSD community waving signs and cheering as people drove by and honked their horns.
“It’s a really great event especially at this time of year," Messinger shared. "It’s the end of the school year and there are so many things going on, but this lets us come together and remind ourselves of the value of what we do. It feels good and it invigorates you as you come to the home stretch.”
PEA has also sponsored t-shirts which are given to incoming kindergartners. In addition, PEA will give graduation signs to every graduating senior at all three high schools, furthering their community engagement efforts.
“The rally was a great way to call attention to the dedicated work of our teachers and support staff,” expressed PCSD Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D. “PEA organized exciting celebrations at our schools and our students and families seemed to enjoy the activities. In this era of educational options, we always need to be proactive in promoting the many advantages of a Parma education. The rallies helped to spotlight all that we offer."
PHOTO CAPTION: Students and staff at Dentzler Elementary proudly hold up signs as part of the third annual Rally for Public Education on May 3.