MARIETTA, GA – One of the keys to ensuring student success in school is through parental involvement. Fair Oaks Elementary School and Northwest Exterminating have partnered together to develop the Northwest Eagle Literacy Program, an innovative bilingual program. The program is designed to help all parents to be active participants in their student’s academics at home.
Fair Oaks currently has the highest English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) population of all Cobb County elementary schools. It is also a Title I school.
More than 100 students and their parents participated in the program’s launch on September 13. As the students and parents checked in, the Northwest Exterminating Good Deeds team served them a warm meal.
“The foundation of the Good Deeds Team at Northwest Exterminating is actively looking for ways to make a positive impact within the community. There’s no better way than building a community relationship through mutual learning and giving the parents tools for their children to succeed,” said Kristen Milligan, co-director of the Northwest Exterminating Good Deeds Team. “We are so excited for this opportunity to collaborate with Fair Oaks Elementary on this program and to introduce this program to the Fair Oaks community!”
At the end of the night, each family walked out the door with a backpack full of supplies provided by Northwest Exterminating. In addition, each student left with a grade-level appropriate Little Red Riding Hood bilingual book. All printed materials, including the books, are bilingual, so all parents in the Fair Oaks school community can immediately start to build literacy skills with their children.
“We are very excited about providing this literacy program to our Fair Oaks families on a monthly basis,” added Fair Oaks Elementary Principal Dean Yoder. “We are hopeful the strategies our families acquired this evening, and in subsequent evenings, will help provide them with the necessary skills to engage and support their child’s learning at home.”
Parents like Brianda Gutierrez, who also serves as the school’s PTA president, appreciated the opportunity to learn alongside the Fair Oaks students.
The new Northwest Eagle Family Literacy Program also has the teachers excited. Third-grade teacher Renee Gillen thought the launch event was a huge success, “We had fun building language and literacy skills with bilingual resources that our families took home to continue sharing, learning, and playing as a family,” Gillen said. “I am excited to see this program continue to grow and positively impact our school community.”