Oak Park Elementary School chosen to host Parent Academy

The Barksdale Reading Institute has partnered with Oak Park Elementary School to offer Parent Academy to parents of four-year-olds in the community. The Parent Academy is a free program designed to help parents prepare their four-year-old children for a successful start to kindergarten. Any parent of a four-year-old child who resides in the city of Laurel is eligible to attend.

Over the course of six meetings, referred to as “modules,” the program will cover a variety of kindergarten-readiness topics including oral language, early reading, math and general development. The modules are conducted once-a-month at the school from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 pm.  Parents will receive hands-on instruction and free materials and activities to take home and use with their children to support learning and development.  Door prizes, snacks, and childcare will also be provided. Parents interested in participating may contact Principal Tristal Watson to register or may register on-site. The first module will be held in the school’s library on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Last year, the Parent Academy was successfully implemented in 12 districts state wide.  More than 500 parents and caregivers attended and graduated from the program.  Over 40 schools applied again this summer with only 11 schools accepted to the 2018-19 schoolyear Parent Academy cohort. 

“We are pleased and honored that Oak Park Elementary School was chosen to participate,” Watson said.

Oak Park staff attended an intensive training at the Barksdale Reading Institute’s Jackson office in September to prepare to host the Parent Academy. The Parent Academy will take place at the school once a month in October, November, January, February, March, and April. The modules will be led by kindergarten teachers Nicki Ross and Melissa Stidham and Principal Tristal Watson. Parents are encouraged to attend all six modules, with a graduation prize being offered to those who attend all modules.

For more information about the Parent Academy or the Barksdale Reading Institute, please visit  www.msreads.org,  email twatson@laurelschools.org or call Oak Park at 601-428-5046

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