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Info Fair is back-to-school class for parents

Photo by Jim Massara
Jonesboro High School parent liaison Ronkiesheal Meeks and Program coordinator Chantara Rumph-Carter show off the backpacks parents who attend Saturday's information fair will receive.

Photo by Jim Massara Jonesboro High School parent liaison Ronkiesheal Meeks and Program coordinator Chantara Rumph-Carter show off the backpacks parents who attend Saturday's information fair will receive.

— Think of it as a back-to-school class for parents on everything from the Common Core curriculum to parents’ rights — and it comes complete with its own backpack.

Clayton County Public Schools will host its annual Title 1 Community Connection Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Jonesboro High School. Billed as a “parent information fair,” coordinator Chantara Rumph-Carter is quick to describe it in terms of the alphabet soup of federal programs it supports. At the end of the day, though, she says it’s best seen as a “one-stop shop” for parents sending their children to Clayton County schools.

“We do a lot to make sure that parents know about these resources that are here,” Rumph-Carter said. “It’s for everybody, every parent in our district.”

The three-hour fair will include everything from workshops on what parents need to know about the new Common Core curriculum to what they need to create a resume. Rumph-Carter said information will be available both from school system employees and community partners.

Parents can also learn how to set their children up with after-school tutors, available through federal funding.

Finally, parents can find out what their rights are when they send their children to Clayton County schools. Those rights include being able to ask about a teacher’s credentials, for example.

“They [parents] have a right to be involved in every policy we make,” Rumph-Carter said.

The pay-off at the end? Parents get their very own backpack full of learning resources when they leave the fair. Backpacks will be color keyed according to the student’s grade level, said Rumph-Carter.

The annual fair was promoted heavily by each school’s parent liaison, robocalls — and 55,00 flyers sent home with students.