Columbus schools putting parents to 'work'

September 28, 2013 10:18:46 PM

Sarah Fowler - [email protected]


The Columbus Municipal School District is putting parents to work.  


The Parent Volunteer Fair will be a two hour event at each of the district's nine campuses Monday evening where parents can help teachers in the classroom. The event will also offer educational classes for parents. 


A district press release asked parents to volunteer for the event saying, "The Parent Fair is an opportunity for all schools in CMSD to put 'parents to WORK' and give them meaningful and rewarding opportunities to be active in our schools. We have moved beyond 'Parents are Welcome at Our Schools!' We now have A CALL TO ACTION!" 


"Faculty and staff from each CMSD school will be on hand to 'put parents to work' by signing them up for various activities and events at their child's school," said CMSD spokesperson Michael Jackson. 


"There will also be various community agencies and resources available to offer valuable services and information to parents, students and teachers," she added. 


Jackson said while some parents of middle school and high school students may be hesitant to volunteer, studies show students benefit from having their parents involved throughout their entire academic experience. 


"Research has shown that the biggest obstacle preventing parents from getting involved is their mindset," Jackson said. "A lot of parents believe that they only need to be involved throughout their child's elementary years, but in reality, they need to be involved throughout their child's entire education." 


Realizing most parents work during the day, the district is hoping to gain volunteers by asking parents to come at night. 


"In general most parents want to be involved in their child's education, but reality is there are many factors that prohibit some parents from fully participating, with one being work schedules," Jackson said in the press release. "At CMSD we understand this, even the minimal amount of involvement in education from the parent may cause a major turnaround in their student's performance at school." 


Reiterating the point that parental involvement leads to student success, Jackson said, "The impact of parent involvement is a no-brainer. Parents who are aware and their children know they are aware and involved are more likely to be successful in school behavior and in academic achievement." 


The Volunteer Fair will be hosted at each campus from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday evening.  


For more information contact Michael Jackson at (662) 241-7400 ext. 1028.

Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.