Parent Involvement Seminar at Faine Elementary

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Students and teachers of Faine and Grandview Elementary Schools gathered Saturday to support parents in an on-going effort to boost education at home.

The initiative is being pushed to give parents the knowledge about how to help guide their children to achieve more in school.

Faine has the largest amount of minority and low income students in the Dothan City Schools.

Officials hope that by grabbing the attention of parents, test scores will grow closer to those of other schools within the city system.

Grandview Elementary Principal Todd Weeks said, "School doesn't end at 3 o'clock, it has to continue when they go home."

There are only so many hours in the school day, and Dothan City School officials want parents to know what’s happening at home plays a big part in their learning process.

As a part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Education Summit Initiative, they too decided to participate in parent involvement at Faine Elementary School.

Delta Chair of Planning and Development Shannon Thomas said, "We have noticed that there has been a decline in the education achievements levels of students, especially African American students, male students, and we are here to reclaim our schools."

Linda Beacham wants her grandkids to be prepared for the future of their education, and is doing so by studying with them. "In reading, they have to read so many words a minute and by me helping them every night, it helps them to accomplish this."

Not everyone is as involved like Linda, and officials would like to see a change.

Faine Elementary School Principal Deloris Potter said, "Parents are the controlling force. They are the first teachers no matter what we say. Parents start teaching their children when they are born."

School officials also realize that there are many single and working parents trying support families, and have offered to help them anyway they can to benefit their children.

The students opened the seminar with a musical performance so parents could see what other skills their children are learning aside from the basic academics.

The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce also had a big hand in sponsoring the event. They too would like to see parents more involved in their children's academics.

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