Parent Advisory Council’s Parent Celebration

Federal Programs employees, from left, Anna Brant, Jori Putts, and Carol Ingram

Parent Advisory Council’s Parent Celebration

  Federal Programs employees, from left, Anna Brant, Jori Putts, and Carol Ingram

     Nearly 475 students wrote essays about why they believe they have “superior” parents for the bi-annual Parent Advisory Council Celebration. 

     “The program was designed to get parents excited about participating in school and district activities and make them feel appreciated, thus bridging the gap between school and home, and ultimately improving students’ academic performance,” said Carol Ingram, Director of Federal Programs. 

     Every parent or guardian mentioned in the essays received a Certificate of Excellence and a copy of their student’s essay. 

     “We want to get our parents fully involved with the schools,” Ingram said.  “The amount of parental involvement that is done dictates how successful our students will be.  Parental involvement, students’ academics, student performance, all go hand in hand.” 

     The program included performances by the choral groups of Southaven High School and Olive Branch Middle School and poetry readings from students.  School-based Mental Health Therapist Ashley Haliburton and DCS Nurse Patty Davis talked about the mental and physical health of students. 

     If a student wrote an essay, their parents’ names were entered in a gift card drawing.  Twenty-five names were drawn.