In several columns, I have written about the need for parental involvement. The research is very clear that parental involvement is critical for the success of the child. When parents are involved, the expectation for the student goes up and achievement follows. There are several ways to be involved. The first is to sign up to have access to your child’s records. The principal can give you a password that will allow you to review your child’s records. You can stay up-to-date on grades, attendance, and assignments. It would also allow you to have conversations with your child about the importance of their education. You may contact the school and get a pass word from the principal.
Another way to get involved is to join the PTA. The PTA has existed for over 100 years and has been devoted to parent involvement. Their goal is to be a “powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and strong advocates for the education and wellbeing of children.” They serve as a unified voice for every child in Cumberland County. You can get more information at http://ccdptac.ccs.k12.nc.us. For upcoming events, grant and scholarship opportunities LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
A final way to get involved is to volunteer. Every school website has opportunities for you to help in many ways. With the reduction in our budget, we can use the extra hands in our schools. Please contact your principal to get involved.
We are off to a great start. Parents are cooperating and getting their children to school on time and not checking them out unless it can’t be avoided. The business community is expanding their discounts to our employees through the Work Perks program. Our relationship with the military has never been better.
Thank you for your support and involvement.
Dr. Frank Till
Published by Laurie Pender on September 1, 2015