Clayton NAACP to host ‘Parent Power’ event

Organizers hope to help improve grad rates

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Branch of the NAACP is planning its first Parent Power event April 27.

Karolen Mazyck is the branch’s education chairperson and is helping organize the event. It is set from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd.

“We’re trying to make a transformation in the educational system,” said Mazyck. “The graduation rate (and) the dropout rates, we wanted to make a change in that especially in Clayton County.”

Clayton County Public Schools’ graduation rate for 2010-11 was 51.5 percent for students who graduate high school in four years, according to data from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The statewide average was 67.5 percent.

Data revealed the system’s 5.3 percent dropout rate was also higher than in the state’s 3.7 percent average the same year.

“We’re trying to help empower parents and encourage students to stay in school,” she said. “It’s about helping the educational system become a top notch system.”

The event will include a 35-minute documentary film, called Parent Power, produced by Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. She said the film tells the story of a community’s campaign to bring high-quality education to their neighborhood.

“Everyone is welcome to come out to learn how we can enhance the education of our Clayton County students,” said Mazyck. “It is free and open to the public.”

She is also forming an education committee and asked those who are interested to call her at 404-277-2397.