An Albany pastor is doing his part to get parents more involved in the education of their children. He serves on the state school superintendent's parent advisory council.
Reverend Rance Pettibone says he's excited to serve for a second year on the Parent Advisory Council. He's been involved with the Dougherty County School System for several decades, and looks forward to working on new projects.
Pettibone has served on the PTA, and the teachers recruiting committee, and now he's going to serve on the council for the second year in a row.
"It has been awesome for me because I get to meet so many different people. Its 30 parents from all over the state that are appointed, and you get to see how the other systems are doing, and they get to see what you are doing," says Reverend Rance Pettibone.
The council meets three times a year to work on projects under Title One, which is a national initiative to make sure children in low income areas get a good public education.
"A lot of those parents are not educated themselves, and so we work on ways to try and get them involved . If they can get involved with the school system, then we have a better child," says Pettibone.
He says one of the biggest challenges that Georgia schools face is getting parents more involved.
"They don't understand that the school system in not designed to train your child in everything as far as a family, and so that parent needs to go out there and check that student is doing their very best at the time they are in school," he says.
He says the key to a child's education is getting them hooked at an early age, and teaching them how to read. He recalls growing up in Alabama during segregation, and reading comic books.
"So I have comic books from the 1950's, and by using those comic books it helped me to dream and I wanted to see metropolis, and all these big cities, and here I was a little farm boy in Alabama," says Pettibone.
He says last year one of the projects the council worked on was parent surveys that showed how satisfied parents are with their child's school.