Big Spring ISD Working to Get Parents Involved with Students 2/6/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
February 6, 2013
Big Spring - After seven of their eight schools were deemed academically unacceptable by the TEA, Big Spring ISD has been working to turn that number around. One way they're doing that is through parent involvement.
Moss Elementary, the one school that was rated academically acceptable, has one of the most active PTA groups. They say parent involvement is a driving force behind student success.
Inside Mrs. Molina's 4th grad classroom, you'll find a busy teacher tending to her rowdy group of kids. You'll also find Shelley Heineman, a parent volunteer.
"I help them with the math and science. I run off copies, whatever Mrs. Molina needs," Heineman said.
Heineman has been volunteering nearly everyday for the past three months.
"It's very educational for me. I love it. I love coming here everyday," she said.
Heineman's active involvement with her daughter and the school is exactly what Big Spring ISD has been trying to do with parents in the district this year. They believe an active parent makes for a successful student.
"The teacher and I are a team. Both at home and at school. My son knows he'll be accountable at home and school," Keran Phipps, the PTA Treasurer for Moss Elementary said.
Phipps says parent involvement does make an impact on how well a student does.
"It gets me involved with my kid and it helps me learn what my kid is learning so I can carry it home," she said.
"If my mom had been involved with me, I think I would have done better," Heineman said.
Together parents and the schools can help better their students, and make a successful school district.
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