Parents learning how to advocate for their children’s education

Article By: Charles Lussier | August 4, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

A Baptist church in the heart of Scotlandville is trying to help 30 to 40 parents of children in five nearby public elementary schools become better advocates for their children’s education.

About 20 of them showed up Friday at Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1414 Sora St., for a parent workshop. It is the first of many such gatherings the church plans over the course of the 2014-15 school year, which starts later this month.

Fifteen church “sisters” stood in the sacristy Friday, most of them current or former educators, promising to stay in constant contact with the parents.

“We think we have gathered the cream of the crop,” said Patsy Smith. “We think we are going to have a relationship that is second to none.”

Smith, whose day job is dean of students at University Terrace Elementary, is leading this effort along with her sister, Geraldine Roberts, a retired school administrator. Their sister, Joni Roberts, executive director for school leadership and instruction for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, is also involved.

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