From left, Dougherty High student Devin Green, Parent Volunteer Constance Green and DHS teacher Marjorie Slaughter were at the East Albany Walmart last Saturday urging parents of Dougherty County students to get involved in their children’s education.
ALBANY, Ga. — Constance Green says Dougherty County’s school children are “falling through the cracks every day” and she wants parents to help plug those gaps.
A parent volunteer and member of the Parents Advisory Boards at Dougherty High and Dougherty Middle school, Green says parents need to communicate with educators and counselors to help keep their children on the right path.
“After meeting with Dr. (Joshua) Murfree (DCSS Superintendent), we remembered he was asking for parents to become involved with their childrens’ education,” Green said. “We were wondering how to do it. So we decided to be like politicians during election year, put on our t-shirts, make up some signs and wave them at cars and talk to people.”
Last Saturday, the group took its efforts to the East Albany Walmart and talked to curious parents.
“We told the people that it takes a community to raise a child — they are our future,” Green said. “Parents need to communicate with their kids’ teachers so they will know what’s going on the Suzy and Johnny.
“We are trying to help parents understand there are many ways to communicate, like through email and through web sites like I-Parents, which will help them spot potential problems before they start.”
Green added that most of the schools in the Dougherty County System offer extra help for children who need it.
“The schools offer tutoring programs for students who need help, all parents have to do is sign their kids up” Green said. “But we want everybody to step up, the students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community needs to stand up and hold hands around the children.”
Green said anyone who wants more information about the group’s activities can call (229) 449-7868.