Parents with more than one child at ETHS were able to customize their schedule on Parent Shadow Day, which was helpful to the parent of ETHS freshman Natalie Merza (left) and ETHS junior Daniel Merza (right).

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More than 350 parents, guardians, and adult relatives of Evanston Township High School students visited the school on Oct. 19 for Parent Shadow Day to experience a day in the life of a Wildkit. Parent Shadow Day is part of ETHS’s ongoing family engagement programs and is hosted annually on a school day.

Adults who are significant in the lives of current ETHS students were invited to attend this annual program to shadow their teens during all or part of the school day. Registered guests shared hallways, classrooms, and occasionally even lunchrooms with more than 3,000 Wildkits as they followed their students’ class schedule. A “VIP Suite” with complimentary refreshments and WiFi was open throughout the day to provide parents with a space to chat with department chairs and school leaders, take a break from shadowing, and receive information about school resources and programs.

Parents and adult family members who attended this year’s event provided feedback about their experience through a post-event survey. One parent, who indicated this was the sixth time at Parent Shadow Day at ETHS, stated, “We have always been delighted to experience our children’s day the way they experience it daily. I am totally impressed with how smart, friendly, engaged, and engaging the ETHS teachers and staff are. I want to give a special shout out to the safety staff, who exude professionalism and caring for our teenagers. Shadow Day always make me feel that moving to Evanston was one of my best decisions ever. Thank you.”