Lexington Schools create new program for parents as students deal with learning loss


LEXINGTON, NC (WGHP) – Parents are returning to the classroom at schools across the city of Lexington as part of the district’s Jacket Parent Academy to help students succeed.

Lexington students are facing learning loss from the pandemic, like many children across the country. Jacket Parent Academy strives to bring students up to speed by involving parents and the community in their education.

“It’s one of the best things I think I would have done,” said Brittiny Olds, a freshman at Pickett Elementary. “I wish…more schools would.”

Olds and her family moved to Lexington about a year ago when students were switching between in-person and online learning.

“With COVID it was difficult because some of the kids were online so we couldn’t have contact,” she said.

Since Olds is new to the area, she wanted a way to get involved in her child’s education. She joined the Jacket Parent Academy.

“I think it’s a great way to have your voice heard as a parent about what’s going on with your kids,” Olds said.

The coordinators launched the program in January. They offer monthly sessions, discussing topics such as managing COVID, parenting tips and financial literacy.

“Everything our parents learn and take home will ultimately help their child in their whole academic world,” said Dr. Kasey Wilkie, community engagement coordinator for the district.

Wilkie believes that when parents are involved, students succeed.

“Children behave better. Their grades are better. They have better social skills,” she said.

Eight parents will graduate from the academy in May, meaning they have attended all sessions. More than 50 other parents went to see at least one.

“I hope our parents will also be our word of mouth to let people know how this program, how this initiative has really helped them get others to come and get involved,” Wilkie said.

Coordinators are looking to recruit the next round of parents to enroll. This session will run from August to May.


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