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 namePoint of contactPhone number
Allenbrook ElementaryLucian Cooke(980) 343 6004
Ashley Park SchoolStephanie Edwards(980) 343-6018
Bruns AcademyRossanna Ellis(980) 343-5495
Byers AcademyTBD(980) 343-6940
Druid Hills AcademyAllison Boulding(980) 343-5515
Ranson MiddleCharmon Stevenson(980) 343-6800
Statesville Road ElementaryJennifer Coffie(980) 343-6815
Thomasboro AcademyCynthia Hayes
Shamaiye Crenshaw
(980) 343-6000
West Charlotte HighValencia 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.

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at home
  • Decision-making
  • Connecting within the community

More helpful resources for parents

Parent Advocacy 101

Learn how to advocate effectively for your child.

Parent advocacy 101

Attend school board meetings

Attend school board meetings and make your voice heard about what is happening in your school and neighborhood.

School board meeting schedules

Discover No-Nonsense Nurturer

Learn more about the No-Nonsense Nurturer model, used in all Project L.I.F.T. schools to help children succeed by giving precise instructions, setting realistic expectations and holding children accountable.

No-Nonsense Nurturer