Tomya Aceveda says some of the most important things in her life is her daughter and her daughter’s education.
"I'm very interested in her education. I want her to excel, not go back down, I want her to excel as far as she can go."
And so does Girard Middle School Principal, Charles Corbitt.
He believes involved parents play a vital role in growing their children's education.
That's why held a first-ever community chat at Mcrae Homes in Dothan on Saturday.
"What we're trying to do as a principal, as a school, and as a community is to try to get parents more involved in their children's education."
Corbitt held the event where many of the school's students live making it convenient and comfortable for parents to ask questions and talk about their concerns without the formal setting of a parent-teacher meeting.
"I've been telling them about our concerns as educators and then also if they have any concerns, I'm making myself available so they can talk to me as well."
Corbitt says more hands-on parents will not only mean better grades, but better behavior and family connection as well and while many parents agree and think Corbitt's chat is a good idea…
"I think that this shows he's a part of the community, he's from the community, and so he cares about the community. And so by him coming back out, he's showing parents that he cares about where their kids are going."
"I think he's more involved with the community, he cares, he wants the parents to know whats going on, things that they can get involved in and not feel like the outcast. When we give our involvement in it, it makes things better for the students, the principal, and the teachers."
Many students are already concerned....
"Kinda scared cause he can call her when every time I be bad."
Now thanks to caring educators, parents in the Dothan area will be equipped with the knowledge to help their child be successful in school.