Groups urge parents to get involved at school

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Two days before the start of school, 40 Parent-Teacher Associations from the Richmond County school system gathered Saturday to encourage parents to get involved with their child's education.

"Student achievement won't go up just with what happens at school," Richmond County Superintendent Dana Bedden said at the event. "Parents will be the first educator a child sees."

The Community Wide PTA, organized by the Richmond County Council of PTAs and the Taking Back the Streets organization, featured information booths for every Richmond County school PTA except two.

The inaugural event, held at the Augusta State University Athletic Complex, was part of a new initiative to keep parents involved throughout the school year.

Barbara Seigler, the president of the county council of PTAs, said parental involvement has been low the past eight years. The council wants to engage parents in a "positive way."

Together with Title I, a national program that funds grants for low-income schools, the council will sponsor parent workshops each month at selected schools.

"Hopefully, by the end of the year we will see a great improvement in the grades, the discipline," Ms. Seigler said.

Angela Colbert signed up for the Glenn Hills Middle School PTA at Saturday's meeting. Ms. Colbert had never joined a PTA, but she said she wants to become more involved at her daughter's school.

"I think children, parents, and teachers all need to play a big part," she said. "Parenting and teaching go hand-in-hand."

District 9 school board representative Venus Cain was excited to see parents at the meeting.

"PTAs are the backbone of the schools. They set the mood, the tone, the environment," she said.

Information on the community group Dads in Action, tutoring services and other student resources also were available at the event. School supplies were given away, and parents who signed up for PTA were entered in a raffle for more supplies.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 08/10/08 - 07:22 am
Learn more about DADS IN

Learn more about DADS IN ACTION(DIA) by e-mailing your questions to:

to tell the truth1
to tell the truth1 08/10/08 - 08:40 am
How do you expect them to

How do you expect them to show up at PTA's when they allow their children to roam the streets and play from the time they get off the bus to night fall.

christian134 08/10/08 - 01:25 pm
Until the complete disregard

Until the complete disregard for the family unit has done a reversal, PTA's and other groups will not see a change..People have to care for the children they bring into this world over there own worlds...So far the majority has always been to give responsibility of rearing, disciplining and teaching to grandparents, neighbors and teachers...None of these should have to deal with the care of the children other than the ones who brought them into this world...That is the why the name parents are given to women and men who have sex and produce children...Don't you think...

to tell the truth1
to tell the truth1 08/10/08 - 02:10 pm
christian134, you are so TRUE

christian134, you are so TRUE to the point. I actually see it everyday in my neighborhood. A couple of kids that hang over at my neighbors home, I thought they actually RESIDED there. They play and roam the streets with their childrens all day long up until darkness. It is a shame that parents don't even spend quality time with their children, that's why they don't know the meaning of "Family bonding" at all.

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