School Takes Innovative Approach to Getting Parents Involved

Southeast Elementary School will stop at nothing to open a line of communication to their parents.

Alvin Hudson, Southeast Elementary Principal, says, "It's very important that we get the parents out here early and we get them involved so that way our students will be successful."

And to help fulfill that success, 200 backpacks filled with school supplies, free haircuts and Wild Adventures passes just might be the ticket.

All the school supplies and backpacks will be given away at open house thanks to the strong support from Valdosta businesses and their efforts to get kids excited about school.

Alesia Leggett, a 5th grader, says, "We were happy to come here and stuff, plus, I've been waiting to come ever since early this morning."

Many parents say the extra help with school supplies and the active effort to keep them involved makes attending open house worthwhile.

Jacqueline Foster, a parent, says, "I think it's very important because I just want her to know we're behind her in whatever she does, whether it's here at Southeast or Valdosta High or college or where ever she goes."

School officials say "Operation Good Start" was a sure-fire way to get both kids and parents excited about the new school year.

School begins August 9 for all schools in Lowndes and Wakulla County. Students in Leon County will start back on the 16th.