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B2B Central Zone: Summer stories and Fall opportunities.

B2B Central Zone: Summer stories and Fall opportunities.

Posted: 09-09-2011

Over the summer, Central children and parents were hard at work reading books and writing essays together. More than 60 children between the ages of 3 and 17 participated and more than 150 books were checked out from local libraries. Each participant received a gift card as a reward for all of their hard work.

The essays have been collected from about 70 parents and children describing their hopes for the future. LINC's neighborhood engagement team is still narrowing it down to select the winning essay for each grade level.

This summer has also been packed with the planning efforts of the I Believe I Become Central Zone.  As we head into the new school year, the action teams are launching several projects to ensure that “parents and guardians are actively involved in their child's education from birth to high school graduation and beyond.”

The Parent Homework Support team has designed a hotline for parents to call with questions regarding their child's homework or other school needs. The homework hotline will be operated by school coordinators who will connect the parent calling to a parent-volunteer with strengths in that particular subject.  The hotline will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00pm-7:00pm. The goal is to strengthen relationships between parents and their child’s school as well as with other parents.

The Parent Advocacy team has set its sights on bolstering parent participation in GRPS Parent Committees within each of the four Central zone schools. Current participation in the Parent Committees is very low. Resident leaders will begin to reach out to parents at each of the four Central zone schools, recruiting them to advocate for their children through partnerships with other parents and teachers.

If you are interested in joining or would like more information contact Willie Patterson at 616.308.6315.