Monday, February 1, 2016


Parent Power Program


Pine Ridge Prep recently celebrated the success of their new Parent Power program.

Parent Power is a program for Pine Ridge Prep families that encourages family and school involvement. Through the program, which began in August 2015, families signed up to post pictures of family and education-related activities in exchange for points. As they hit certain point milestones, they received gift cards and yesterday, the two families who had accumulated the most points were recognized.

The Flores family earned 185 points for their family involvement and Rickquette, Rasaan and family earned 146 points for theirs. A celebration was held at the school to celebrate all PRP families, and each child received a book and activity to take home. Second semester offers a new opportunity for families to sign up to take part in Parent Power, and computers were available for parents wanting to sign up to participate in the program.

PRP Site Coordinator Katie Englehart said she was pleased with the amount of families who participated during first semester. “We have 50 students and 20 families took part during our very first semester (of the program). But we’re hoping even more will participate this semester.”

Parent Power was made possible thanks to a grant awarded by the Shawnee County Early Childhood Collaborative, which received funding from the Kellogg Foundation.  

According to the National Education Association, “regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, pass their classes, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, adapt well to school, graduate and go on to postsecondary education.” 

Thank you to all the individuals and agencies that made the Parent Power program possible, and congratulations to all the families who participated—you did an outstanding job!!