About 60 family members attended a special day of activities Feb. 27 at Stiles Elementary School as part of the school's participation in the PTA Take Your Family to School Week.

About 60 family members attended a special day of activities Feb. 27 at Stiles Elementary School as part of the school's participation in the PTA Take Your Family to School Week.

The Stiles PTA was one of only 50 schools across the country and the only one in Ohio to receive a $1,000 grant from the National PTA to support the local event.

"Our PTA board worked together on our application and deciding what our focus would be," said Joy Lotts, PTA vice president. "We used our grant to pay for snacks we served during the day and to buy a book for each of our students."

PTA Take Your Family to School Week is designed to encourage families to visit their child's school and "get involved in their children's education," Stiles Principal Jessica Cahill said.

"It's not just for parents," she said. "We had grandparents, siblings and aunts and uncles come to our school."

"A lot of families don't know where their children's classrooms are or what they look like and what their child is doing all day at school," Lotts said.

Stiles students were so proud to show their family members around the school, she said.

"This is their 'workplace,' " Lotts said. "It's where they spend so much of their time."

During the program, family members participated in a writing lesson with students, she said. Students were asked to write about something they wanted and explain why their families should grant their wish.

Each family member also brought a book they like and read to their children, Lotts said.

"For a first-time program, it went really well," she said. "We'd like to do it again next year."