ECPS Announces Family Resource Center
For immediate release on September 10, 2015
Tarboro, NC – Families of Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) will soon have access to the new ECPS Family Resource Center, aimed at strengthening families in our community and helping students arrive at school ready to succeed.
“Community is one of our ECPS Core Values. The Family Resource Center is another step in strengthening our partnership with our parents,” said ECPS Superintendent John Farrelly.
The recent donation from Barnhill Contracting Company of the ECPS Administrative office building allowed space to be available to open the center, which will be housed in the Bridgers Building, located at 710 Panola Street in Tarboro.
The ECPS Family Resource Center will be committed to providing a range of activities, workshops, and resources to help parents develop essential knowledge and skills which will allow them to actively participate in the education of their student.
“Our goal for the Family Resource Center is create a learning hub for the community; a warm and inviting environment for all families of Edgecombe County Public Schools to utilize,” said Dr. Valerie Bridges, ECPS Associate Superintendent. “We are ecstatic to offer this for our community – students, staff, parents, family, and friends.”
Teachers across the district are providing input on ideas and strategies they feel will be valuable to parents as they assist their students.
“Children fall in love with reading while their parents read bedtime stories to them. I’d love to see classes offered where story time is modeled for our parents,” said Martin Millennium Academy first-grade teacher Andi Green. “Another idea is to expose parents to fun ways to explore and practice spelling words.”
Families will also have access to a library and a technology lab, which can be utilized by parents as they assist their student with homework.
The Family Resource Center will be open Monday through Thursday, while the center’s coordinator will travel to the schools on Fridays of each week for various community outreach programs. The center is targeted to open by Thanksgiving.
“Research consistently supports the essential role parents play in their child’s academic success,” said ECPS School Board Chair Evelyn Wilson. “We are excited about providing opportunities for parental engagement which will ultimately increase student achievement.”
Susan C. Hoke