Social Hour Provides Family Dialogue Strategies

Social Hour Provides Family Dialogue Strategies
Posted on 09/17/2018
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For three years now, the HSSD Oaklawn Magnet School has hosted monthly Social Hour events during the school year at the Hot Springs Cracker Barrel. Fourth grade teacher Katie Bradley, who is also an employee of Cracker Barrel, began the initiative. Social Hour brings families together in an informal dinner setting to focus on social and emotional challenges through multiple topic areas and hands-on projects.


“After seeing a need for this type of instruction, I decided to create something where everyone could have meaningful conversations about life topics as well as spend time together as a family. I am so thankful that I have had the support from my school and Cracker Barrel to allow my vision to come to life,” says Mrs. Bradley.


Mrs. Bradley solicits parent feedback for developing the topic of each Social Hour. The agenda always includes a topic of focus and a hands-on activity that yields some sort of craft for families to go home with, which hopefully creates a lasting change in behavior or practice. Last Tuesday was the first Social Hour for the 2018-2019 school year. The topic chosen focused on positive communication between parents, teachers, and students. Families created message prompts on popsicle sticks, which they took home to remind them of good conversation starters between parents, teachers, and students.


Cracker Barrel is a wonderful partner to the Hot Springs School District in this effort, as all children that attend receive a free dinner. Thank you to our creative educators for continuing to find more ways to personally work with our families. Thank you to our parents for being the biggest champions for your kids (who we also see as our kids!). Thank you Cracker Barrel for supporting our school and this community in such a generous way. Learn more about the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store franchise, here. Learn more about our Oaklawn Magnet School, here.