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BCPS C.H.A.N.G.E. Movement First Day of School Event
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Monday, August 19, 2013      

BCPS C.H.A.N.G.E. Movement First Day of School Event

Members of several local community groups have partnered with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) to spread the word throughout Broward County about the importance of parents and adults demonstrating their commitment to education and accompany a child to the first day of classes, Monday, August 19, 2013. This new initiative is known as the C.H.A.N.G.E. Movement and reflects the District's belief that “Children Have A Need to Grow Everyday.”

In the days approaching the first day of school, a number of community organizations including 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale, United Way of Broward County, Westside Gazette, Children’s Service Council, Broward County Council of PTA (BCCPTA) and Broward Health are involved in an effort to get the word out about the importance of parents and adults, throughout Broward County, demonstrating their commitment to education on the first day of classes.

Supporters have been distributing flyers and promoting the event in the community. Cities and municipalities have also joined the effort by encouraging employees to participate in the campaign.

"Over the past seven years, the District has been fortunate to have over 200,000 men escort their children to school on the first day, or attend open houses and orientation meetings,” said Broward School Board member Dr. Rosalind Osgood. “This year, we are encouraging all parents, guardians, family members and caring adults to accompany our students to school on the first day August 19.”

The C.H.A.N.G.E. Movement will take place at all Broward County Public Schools on the first day of school, Monday, August 19 and stickers will be distributed to all parents and guardians who take their child to school. Dr. Rosalind Osgood will mark the occasion by visiting several schools, beginning her day at Walker Elementary School (1001 NW 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale) at 7:30 a.m. and ending at West Pines Middle School (9393 NW 50th Street, Sunrise) at 2:45 p.m., as part of her first day of school