There is no doubt that parent involvement is critical for every child in our schools. This begins with parents reading with their children when they are young — even prior to starting school.
It is also important that parents answer their young child’s questions and have conversations which lead to a more rich vocabulary. We are fortunate to have many parents in our schools that are involved in their child’s education through reinforcement at home, attendance at open house, family nights, evening programs, parent advisory, and PTO meetings and activities.
We are privileged at Emerson to also have a partnership with the Workforce Partnership of Shelby County. Members of the business community share the importance of good attendance, punctuality, and solid work habits as is expected in the workforce.
Business leaders also celebrate with our students at the Emerson Elementary Yellow Jacket Jamboree quarterly assemblies. Couple that with daily contact with our top-notch instructional staff, we are making gains every day.
There is no doubt that it takes a village to raise a child but we all know it starts at home!
The writer is the principal at Emerson Elementary School.