Petersburg Schools launch new program to get parents involved

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PETERSBURG, VA(WWBT) - A new program aimed at getting parents involved in the school system is launched in Petersburg. It's all in an effort to boost student achievement and strengthen the relationship among students, parents and the school system.

Tracey Gholson recently moved to Petersburg. Her two children will begin school in the district this week. Monday morning, Gholson stopped by her son's elementary school with questions on how to get involved.

"I plan on doing a lot of things in the school system so I can be closer to my children and to teachers," said Gholson.

It's a move the school system is hoping to see more thanks to a new program called "The Parent Honor Roll Incentive."

"It's a way to bring parents and reconnect parents to school and to connect those that are already connected even closer," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alvera Parrish.

Parents will earn points based on a number of things, including volunteering, attending parent workshops, and participating in parent teacher conferences.

"It's a cycle -- one thing depends on the other. The success of the school system depends on the success of the students and that success also trickles down to the success of the parents," said Dr. Parrish.

The program overall is geared toward improving student achievement.

"It helps the attendance rate. It helps to reduce disruptive behavior because if parents are connected students will be more connected, " said Parrish.

Parents with the highest number of points will be awarded with a certificate and recognized in front of the school board. Gholson says the real reward is seeing her children succeed.

Petersburg parents who take part in the program will also receive points if their children have no disciplinary infractions. Similar programs are being offered in other school districts.

For more information on the program or to get involved contact Petersburg Public Schools at 862-7037.

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