, Muskogee, OK

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November 21, 2009

Pledge promises school volunteering, reading

Peggy Willard is an old pro when it comes to volunteering at her grandkids’ school, Harris-Jobe Elementary.

“I always try to be hired as a monitor for the testing period they have here in the spring, and I always try to be involved in other functions,” she said.

Willard put that involvement in writing Thursday when she joined her granddaughters at a Thanksgiving luncheon and parental involvement program at Harris-Jobe on National Parent Involvement Day. Muskogee public schools used Thanksgiving lunches as a way to encourage more parents, grandparents and others to get involved with their children’s education.

MPS Parent Involvement Coordinator Kathleen Harris said parents attending the lunches were encouraged to sign a Parent Involvement Pledge. The pledge committed signers to volunteer at least five hours of time at their children’s school and to spend at least 15 minutes each school night reading or working with their children.

Harris said she received good feedback from some of the schools.

“From some schools we talked to, we’ve gotten some new volunteers,” she said.

Harris said in a media release that the Parent Involvement Pledge “is the most widely distributed learning compact in the United States.”

“Organizers hope the one-day focus will help parents realize the importance of spending quality time with their children each day,” she said. “They believe it will benefit the child, the parent, the school and the community.”

The pledge is a program of Project Appleseed, a national educational resource for parents and families. The three purposes of Project Appleseed are to increase student achievement, strengthen fitness and nutrition and enhance the learning environment.

Willard signed her pledge in front of her granddaughters, Kerrigan Medlock, 9, and Baylor Medlock, 6.

Six-year-old Sarah Beaver’s parents also signed the pledge.

“This will be a first for us,” said Twana Beaver, the mother. “I want to be more involved in her school, and it will encourage her more, too.”

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