October is Parent Involvement Month

Published 5:12 pm Thursday, September 30, 2010

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon signs a proclamation declaring October 2010 as Parent Involvement in Education Month. Pictured also, left to right, is Superintendent Darren Douthitt, Special Programs Coordinator Amy Bryan, and Special Education Services Coordinator Dr. Tera Simmons. (Photo, Kevin Pearcey)

October is Statewide Parent Visitation Month in Alabama and Butler County Schools are kicking off the month by inviting parents and families to a system-wide Parent Extravaganza at Greenville High School at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

With research that shows students achieve more when parents are involved in their education, Butler County Schools will participate in many activities at each school during the month and throughout the school year.

While the Parent Extravaganza is referred to as a “parent” activity, anyone responsible for raising school-aged children is welcome to attend. The event features Superintendent Douthitt, a session on using the online I-Now Parent Portal, agency and business booths, student performances, a motivational speaker, refreshments, and door prizes. The schools with the highest percentage of parents in attendance and with the highest percentage of faculty in attendance each earn $2500 in instruction supplies. Also, 5 pieces of classroom technology will be given away at the event.
In conjunction with October being statewide parent visitation month, on Sept. 30, Mayor Dexter McLendon signed a proclamation making October Parent Involvement in Education Month in the City of Greenville.

Though October is a time to focus attention on the importance of parental involvement, the Parent Extravaganza will kick off several parent sessions offered both at the school and in a district-wide setting on topics such as safety issues, school policies, parenting, and supporting student success.

To learn more about the Parent Extravaganza or about parenting activities in general in Butler County Schools, contact Amy Bryan at the Butler County Board of Education at 334-382-2665.