Our parent advisory committee met on the morning of October 3rd for the first time and it was a wonderful opportunity for information sharing and the generation of ideas. One of the primary topics that came out of the meeting was the need for parents and community members to advocate for our public schools. I am including the contact information for our representatives and the parent advisory committee encourages parents to write letters, send emails, or call the offices of those with influence to voice your views on public education and how it impacts your child and your community.
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Our meeting also generated many ideas regarding how parents can help the school. Our school participates in Shoparoo, which gives money to schools based on snapping a picture of the receipt with a smart phone app after shopping in any store. We have received one check from Shoparoo with only a few parents participating. We encourage everyone with a smart phone to get the app and begin with Shoparoo! Another way of helping is to volunteer to assist with box tops or Campbell's labels. This is a task that can be done at home and will save teacher time. Mrs. Messick manages box tops and Mrs. Wade manages the Campbell’s labels. There was discussion of holding box top and Campbell’s label drives and sponsoring competitions among grade levels or grade spans to encourage participation. Also, there is a ball field initiative currently being led by Bryan Hewitt to have a field at Leaksville-Spray. People in the community may donate to the project at http://www.gofundme.com/e5w0i4
We will be having a Delishi Night on Tuesday, October 21st from 5pm-8pm to support this addition to our facility. Part of the proceeds will go to the ball field project. The se are all ways that will help our school with resources that impact our students. Meeting participants also mentioned utilizing parent expertise and talents to supplement our curriculum and provide guest speakers for our students. We hope to send out a survey asking parents and families about areas of expertise and talent so that we can utilize these resources to our student’s benefit. There was also a proposal for each class to have a parent who would act as a parent ambassador regarding information sharing and volunteering. We will explore this possibility further in our School Improvement Team and follow up on this idea. The discussion and ideas were wonderful in our first PAC meeting and it is my sincere hope that more family members will join us for the next one. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Our next meeting will take place on November 14 @ 7:30 am.