New Initiative to boost student performance in Petersburg

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – A new program is launched to help boost student performance in Petersburg. It's called "Operation Shoulder to Shoulder." Under the program, the school system is asking churches in the community to adopt a school.

Creshaunda Crittendon is a junior at Petersburg High School -- studying cosmetology. When she needs support she turns to friends and family.

"In my house they don't accept failure and I can understand that," said Crittendon.

She knows some of her classmates aren't as lucky. That's where "Operation Shoulder to Shoulder" comes into play.

"The bottom line goal is to have more of our students connected -- more support for the students who are struggling and also connect more with our community," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alvera Parrish.

Churches that take part in the program would mentor certain students, participate in parent teacher meetings, sponsor field trips and take part in other events.

"When they go back to their churches on Sunday they're able to share with the congregation - this is what's happening in an area school -- this is how you can better help your child, said Parrish.

So far, 14 churches have signed on to take part in the program.

The pastor at Gillfield Baptist Church says his church can pick -up where the school system leaves off at the end of the school day.

"We have a computer lab which would be a great place for students to come in after school and catch up on their work and do research," said Pastor George Lyons.

The school district is hopeful that this divine intervention will help produce more positive and productive students.

A meeting on "Operation Shoulder to Shoulder" will take place Monday morning at 8:30 -- inside the library at Petersburg High School. The public is invited to attend.

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