W.Va. Board of Education Celebrates October as Parent Involvement in Schools Month

October 08, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is celebrating Parent Involvement in West Virginia Schools this month by featuring artwork by four West Virginia students on postcards.

Creators of the winning designs were honored Wednesday during the board’s October meeting. The winners are Cody Ramsey, Fairplain Elementary Patch 21st Century Community Learning Center, Jackson County;  Emma Baker, Mountain View Elementary/Middle School, Monroe County; Kim Poling, Grafton High School, Taylor County;  and Brayleen Dowdy, Mountain View Elementary/Middle School, Monroe County in the special category.


“Research shows that parent involvement in the education of their children is a critical factor in improving academic achievement,” state Superintendent Steve Paine said. “We know that the more extensive parents are involved in their children’s education, the higher the achievement, the better the behavior and the more successful the students are as adults.”


Although parents come to school with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, primary languages and needs, they overwhelmingly want their children to be successful.


“We hope that everyone will support parents and educators to strengthen the relationships between the home and the school,” West Virginia Board President Delores W. Cook said. “If students are to attain and maintain grade-level proficiency and achieve high academic standards, parents must be encouraged to support their children’s learning."


You can download and view the winning postcards here.



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