School giving away prizes for parental involvement
November 1, 2006
Albany - - An Albany high school is giving away prizes to lure parents to become more involved in their children's educations.
This year, administrators at Monroe High School launched an "I Care" program. Students take home activity sheets once a month where parents list what types of activities they've done with their children and if they've communicated with their child's teacher.
Students who bring the forms back are eligible for free t-shirts, visors, and other prizes.
"I was just motivated this summer when I noticed our test scores had gone gown and I knew that if I got my parents involved, then my students would respond better to their requirements," says Principal Deloris Spears.
The school offers training and informational workshops for parents throughout the year as well as a test-taking session.
Last year, the principal said about 50 parents attended the session - but after the "I Care" program started, some 400 parents attended the session this year.