Be There: Starting a PTA

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Encouraging parents to take an active role in their child's life is sometimes easier said than done, and one school is begging for parent involvement.

South Columbus Elementary School has been without a PTA, or Parent Teacher Association, for ten years now, but the administration is looking to change that.

Thursday night at six o'clock the school is hosting a parent open house and they are hoping it will encourage mom's and dad's to take a more active role in the school and their child's education. Over the past few years South Columbus Elementary School has hosted parenting workshops, but there hasn't been an initiative to start up PTA.

South Columbus Elementary School Assistant Principal Cenobia Moore said, "The Open House is designed so the parents will get an opportunity to meet the teachers and go into the classrooms. There are so many unique classes, there are so many different things going on and we want the parents to understand what happened in the classroom. We want them to understand why it's important to have the kids at school on time, and why it's important for kids to be at school every day."

South Columbus Elementary School teaches standard-based curriculum, and teachers are hoping this open house gives families the opportunity to learn more about the system and help encourage it at home.

The open house is being held at the school Thursday, September 9th at 6 p.m. It's the perfect chance for parents to see what goes on inside the classroom and hopefully while they are there, they sign up to be a member of the PTA.

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