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Be There: Title I Grand Slam

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  "Be There" is all about creating teachable moments for your children, but if you're stumped for ideas, one Muscogee County School is helping parents jump start their creativity.

If you're looking for a way to get your kids out of the house this weekend and sneak in some education, Brewer Elementary is the place to be Saturday.

"This is our second year at Brewer that we are hosting the event. It's a big CRCT kick-off for all our Title I elementary schools," explained Tracy Belt, a family Services Coordinator for Muscogee County Schools.

The Title I Grand Slam is geared to help parents and children bring education from school and in to the home. Belt explained, "Everybody knows the CRCT is important so this is our way of introducing the parents to different games and activities that they can take from the school and use at home in their own group settings."

Kim Washington, a parent of two Brewer Elementary School students, added, "It was a teachable moment which gave me the opportunity to have family time with my kids and interact with other parents and families."

Kim Washington and her children attended the event last year and she says it opened her eyes to what was going on in the classroom, "It let them show us what they're working on and how they can do new things with kids and how to teach them better."

It's the 16th annual event, which has always had a good turn-out, and organizers hope even more families show up this time around.

Washington said, "We need parents to interact and to come out so our test scores will go up."

Belt added, "We're looking forward to having all our parents come out and participate like they did last year. We'll have games, door prizes, activities that parents can use one-on-one at home with their kids. It's more of a teachable moment for the children and the parents."

The event is Saturday March 26th at Brewer Elementary School. It is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first 100 families in the door will win a free prize.

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