Perkins Elementary School recently opened its Family Resource Center in the front entrance foyer.
The center features a desk, chair and laptop parents can use to access 13 free, interactive, educational websites. These websites provide tips and games to strengthen English language arts, math and reading skills; alternatives to watching TV; and parent resources including ways to save for college.
A bulletin board will feature school news, such as PTA events and community health information. The center also includes information pamphlets and a suggestion box for parents to leave comments about questions or concerns or make note of things that were helpful.
The Family Resource Center was developed by Robyn Ross-Squirrell, an administrative intern this year at Perkins, Newark High School and Lincoln School. It’s creation stemmed from a parent survey she developed with first-grade teachers Amanda Quku and Chelsea Darcangelis.
The surveys, which were handed out at the school’s October open house, sought input from parents about academic, health and social and emotional concerns.
“Once the surveys were returned and analyzed, we were able to devise and collect a number of resources parents may find interesting and supportive,” Ross-Squirrell said. “We want to do whatever we can to assist parents because they play such a key role in the intellectual, social and emotional growth of their children.”
Parents can use the Family Resource Center computer from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days.