Contributed by the City of Manassas Neighborhood Services Division
City of Manassas, VA . . . The City of Manassas Neighborhood Services Division has been working through a three-year grant with AmeriCorps VISTA on projects that work to better City neighborhoods and the community as a whole. This is the third year Neighborhood Services has facilitated the grant and the focus for 2013 has been on Manassas City Public Schools.
At R.C. Haydon Elementary School, parents and their young children gather to learn from Elizabeth Millàn, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, about parental roles in the learning process. Elizabeth spoke about what family meant to each person. She also explained that schools teach children science, math and reading, but the first teacher for any child is his/her parents. Core values are taught at home and reflected in the way children treat others in the community.
This parent group began in September 2013 as a pilot program created by the partnership between Neighborhood Services and Manassas City Public Schools. The program has been well received and hugely successful, with parents attending the meetings faithfully. In working with the parent group, Elizabeth is bridging the gap of parent involvement between the school and the community.
R.C. Haydon Elementary School met the Federal and State test requirements in reading and math. Only 41% of schools in the state of Virginia met these requirements. This is, in part, due to this partnership between Neighborhood Services and Manassas City Public Schools working together.
The City of Manassas Neighborhood Services Division strives to improve the quality of life in the City of Manassas by supporting and enabling neighborhoods to initiate and maintain improvements in their communities.
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