Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Brian Whitesell
Campbell Co., VA - Less than 50% of parents read to their kids every day, according to the National Institute for Literacy. Now some school administrators are pushing to get parents more active and involved in their children's lives and education.
At Altavista Elementary School, the concept has been there for a bit, but administrators say it is a new year, and it is time to start thinking about making changes.
Sonya Stinnette is very involved in her son Bailey's education.
"My son has an agenda book that he writes down his assignments in and we go over all of that and check to make sure he's done all of his homework," she said.
It is something near and dear to her heart and to Campbell County Schools.
"Research shows that parents who are involved in their child's education, students are more inclined to be successful," said Amy Abell , Altavista Elementary School's principal.
That's why the district is giving a new year's push for better parental involvement.
"First and second semester, each grade level does a parent night," Abell said.
At Altavista Elementary School, parents get weekly updates. Their website also lists parental involvement activities for every day of the year.
"They don't cost anything. They're fun and engaging," Abell said. "We have to create relationships between parents and teachers, parents and administrators, the guidance counselor. There's so many people involved."
Abell says that is the true root to success. Something even a 4th grader can cherish.
"She helps me with my homework and makes sure there is dinner on the table," said Bailey Stinnette, a fourth-grader.
Sonya Stinnette says the activities can be as simple as cooking and eating a meal together. She says when grocery shopping, she has her children read the labels to educate them on what they are putting into their bodies.