Parents: Getting Involved is as Easy as 1, 2, 3
1 – Join a PTSA
Our PTSAs are geared toward advocacy and providing partnership to the administrative staff of the school. Our PTSAs are open to parents, students, school staff and surrounding community members. Below you will find the contact information for each of our PTA leaders. We encourage you to reach out to them about joining the chapter.
|School name||Point of contact||Phone number|
|Allenbrook Elementary||Lucian Cooke||(980) 343 6004|
|Ashley Park School||Stephanie Edwards||(980) 343-6018|
|Bruns Academy||Rossanna Ellis||(980) 343-5495|
|Byers Academy||TBD||(980) 343-6940|
|Druid Hills Academy||Allison Boulding||(980) 343-5515|
|Ranson Middle||Charmon Stevenson||(980) 343-6800|
|Statesville Road Elementary||Jennifer Coffie||(980) 343-6815|
|Thomasboro Academy||Cynthia Hayes|
|West Charlotte High||Valencia Frazier||(980) 343-6060|
2 – Get involved at school
Make a difference
Spend time with your child in their school setting, or volunteer to mentor or tutor another scholar who needs help. If you are a looking to make a difference in your Project L.I.F.T. school, we need you.
Share the experience
Bring others from your company, community organization or faith community, to volunteer with students one-on-one, or as a group with one-time campus clean-ups and small beautification projects.
3 – Be a Super Parent
Project L.I.F.T. super parents support their students by being present and positive, and by getting involved. The most successful children are the ones who want to succeed in school. It all comes from socialization – the way parents help children behave, develop skills, and think about their world. Whether you realize it or not, you socialize your children about how to think and behave with family, at church, and in all sorts of situations. By thinking about your own attitudes and behaviors, you can play a huge role in socializing your children to succeed in school.
There are two important ways you can help with the academic socialization of your children. Socialization means sharing the beliefs and behaviors that help children succeed in school. You can “set the example” and you can “get involved.”
Set the example
Let your feelings shine through in what you say and how you say it. First and foremost, be positive about school. Show enthusiasm and talk about how school is a positive place to learn, make friends, become good citizens, take pride in accomplishments, and learn important skills for succeeding in life.
A positive attitude might be a challenge for parents who had less-than-great school experiences growing up. Parents should reimagine that it is possible for their children to have a better experience than they did Being positive about school lets children open themselves to new experiences and possibilities, even when faced with challenges. Being positive prepares your child for bumps in the road (and there will be some). Being positive means not getting mad at your child’s mistakes when reading or on homework. Rather, it means noticing the effort they are putting into doing their work.
Finally, be loving, kind, and supportive. By using positive words and noticing when your children are staying on task, you can create warm feelings all around. Kids thrive in school and beyond when they are confident that adults love and care about them, and want what is best for them. If you have a positive attitude about school, your child will, too.
Get involved at home
What does it mean to be an engaged parent? It means taking charge. When you go to teacher meetings, you are engaged. When you help with homework, you are engaged. There are many ways to support your child by being an active and engaged parent. Here are six areas where you can get involved and make a positive difference.
ParentingEffective parenting means providing a structure and setting limits. Make sure that your child has a place to do homework and a specific time to work. Check that homework is done before your child is allowed to do other things, like watch TV or play with friends.
CommunicatingGood communication begins at the beginning of the school year. Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher to make it clear you are open to working together to help your child succeed. Let the teacher know about things outside of school that might impact your child’s behavior or ability to learn in school. Listen to the teacher when he/she raises concerns about your child’s progress. Going to parent teacher conferences is a great way to show the action of communicating. Phone calls and emails work too.
VolunteeringThe gift of your time and energy can have a huge impact on your child’s ability to succeed in school. Your school’s PTSA is a great place to get involved. You can serve or lead a committee. Teachers and principals appreciate parent engagement in school programs and governance. You can also volunteer to help at sporting events or school performances where you can cheer on your child at the same time. No matter how you serve as a volunteer, your sending a message that what your child does in school is important.
Learning at homeYou can create an environment that supports learning beyond the school day. The simple act of reading to your child every day, or listening to your child as they read aloud, can help them make strides in reading skills – plus this is a nice way to spend time together. As children move toward middle school, helping with homework may become more difficult for you, and may not be helpful in encouraging your child to gain more independence. But as a parent, you can ensure that your child gets extra help if needed from their teachers or tutors.
Decision-makingTalking to your child about their future is very important. It sends the message that you believe your child will be successful. It also shows that preparation is critical, in school and in life. Decision-making becomes very important as your child starts moving into middle school and high school, and has more choices about what they want to learn. Helping your child make decisions about whether to take band, art, science or math is an important step in planning for the future. Parents often see strengths in their children that children themselves don’t see, so helping them make choices based on their strengths is highly beneficial. With your assistance, your child can set goals and develop a road map to achieve them.
Connecting within the communityThere are plenty of resources in our community to help children succeed both in and out of school. Church groups allow kids to make friends and participate in fun activities. Boys Clubs and Girls Clubs are also great places for kids to be exposed to new people and experiences. Going to museums can inspire children to dream beyond what they know. If you aren’t sure where to look in your community, do a search on the Internet or ask around. Many activities in our community are free.
More helpful resources for parents
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