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Alice Coachman teachers welcome students & parents at open house

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dozens of Dougherty County teachers welcomed students and parents to open house. 

Hundreds stopped by Alice Coachman Elementary on Monday afternoon. 

Staff members said it sets the tone for the school year for students to meet their teacher in an informal environment. 

It's also an opportunity for Principal Melissa Brubaker to share plans for the year with parents.

Last year, the school was deemed "chronically failing" meaning it could have been taken over by the state if the Opportunity School District amendment passed. 

Brubaker explained she plans to turn the school around with non-traditional efforts.

"Students will learn how to be in touch what their body is saying to them. And learning how to relax and center before they go to class so that their minds are ready to learn," said Brubaker. 

Principal Brubaker will also focus on partnering with parents.

She's asking all parents to volunteer 10 hours helping in the classroom so they're invested in the school. 

All Dougherty County students start class on Tuesday.

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