Who is behind Parents Step Up?
Parents Step Up is a “parent movement” that was the grass root brainchild of Kim and Aaron Crossland. We have four children in Saint Vrain Valley School District public schools; in elementary, middle and high school. We moved to Longmont in 2016 from Aurora, Co. We have both been actively involved in our children’s education from since when they started preschool and will continue to be until all four kids have graduated high school.
I am a stay at home mom and have been involved, very actively, with every school and school district my children have been in. I have a long history of PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) involvement spanning the last 11 years. Before moving to Longmont; I was PTO President at two schools for a total of 9 years. I even started one of them from the ground up. While in Aurora; I worked with the school, district and city to get a school zone approved, I worked with the district and schools to help improve safety, and I was the recipient of the APS (Aurora Public Schools) Superintendent’s Quarterly Award in 2011 for the category of Parent. I have been to countless school district, city council and school meetings over the years in both Aurora and Longmont. I took part in the Leadership Saint Vrain program during the 2016/2017 school year.
I am a high school graduate with a couple of college classes under my belt. I have a passion for education and believe that knowledge is power. Some of my hobbies and interests include; anything to do with nature and the outdoors, riding our motorcycles, learning American Sign Language, doing my nails and spending time with my family and friends. Since a very young age; I have always seen the value in, and have had a love for, showing kindness, volunteering and helping to improve the communities in which I have lived. I also am the team captain for a MS (multiple sclerosis) Walk team; the Westfall Walkers; every year since 2004 we have been involved in the walk and have grown from 3 team members (my husband, oldest child and I) to 20-40 members, depending on the year.
I have said for years that what we need is a “parent revolution”, which I now call a "Parent Movement", and that true long lasting changes start at home. We need to empower, and support our fellow parents to help make the changes in this country we need. Parents Step Up is our way of helping to make that happen. Based on personal experiences with my own family, friends’ families and even random parents I have meet in my years of involvement, I have learned a few things. For example, most parents want to be better parents and better advocates for their children but don’t always know how or where to start. They want to be more involved but do not necessarily know where to find the answer on how. They also need support beyond the school environment. Parents may notice red flags in their children or know that their needs are not being meet in various areas, but they are unsure where to look for answers, do not have the support of other parents around them and sometimes have to jump through hoops to get help for their children when it comes to things from the best education to mental health and everything between. It can be easier to turn a blind eye and hope the problems disappear; due to lack of easily accessible resources, but our children do not benefit from that and parents shouldn’t have to struggle so hard when looking for help and information. It is our goal to help provide one place for resources to help every parent in a wide variety of subjects and also help provide a positive, open and honest support system for parents in our communities.
The saying that it takes a village to raise kids is very true. It is time for our village to come together and help give our youth the best chance we can to succeed and make sure that no kids fall through the cracks! It is time to step up and take back our country, take back our families and take back our communities! It is time for a Parent Movement!!!!!!