Crossroads Cafe School Involvement Handbook--TVCC
















Story:  Henry’s parents want their son to study hard in school and practice the violin.  Henry wants to earn money to buy a guitar, so he works at Crossroads Café without his parents’ permission.  They discover that he forged their signatures on the permission form.  Meanwhile Mr. Brashov is dealing with a restaurant inspector.


Permission forms:  What permission forms do parents need to sign in their district?  Is there a standard form that they sign at the beginning of the year, or do they need to give permission for each individual activity?  Obtain examples from local schools.  Review them and teach the essential vocabulary.  Why are permission slips important for both parents and for the school?

 Volunteer:  Learn about volunteering in the local schools.  Arrange for an opportunity for parents to volunteer at school.  This could include grading papers, assembling visual aids, making copies, decorating for an event, chaperoning on a field trip, or listening to children read.  Discuss job skills that can be learned by volunteering.


Guest speaker:  Henry learns about making ethical decisions.  Invite a counselor to visit the class and discuss with parents how children develop the concept of truth vs. make believe.



Find Out:  Does your local district have a work experience program?  What is it called?  What types of jobs can students get?  How do they earn credit for working? 


News for You, January 7, 2004, has an article entitled “Teen Shuns Tainted Record” about a boy who chose to make an ethical decision.

Information on News for You can be found at:


The Berenstain Bears and the Truth, by Stan Berenstain
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, by Barbara Parker
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth, by Patricial McKissack
Your Move, J. P.! by Lois Lowry
(about honesty and telling the truth)