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Schools struggle to get parents involved

By Associated Press
Published December 27, 2004

ORLANDO - Pajama parties, gatherings at McDonald's and hiring school buses to round up parents for meetings are some of the methods schools are using to help parents become more involved with their children's education.

The results are not always clear, but schools keep trying.

"We may never be able to address the parents who have very little interest. But there's no reason not to go the extra step or mile on behalf of the parent who wants to be involved but is having trouble getting there," said Holly Vanture, who coordinates parent activities at Fern Creek Elementary in Orlando.

Decades of research show children generally work harder at learning when they know their families care. That is why Spirit Elementary School in Deltona holds pajama parties for children and adults, complete with milk and cookies. Osceola High School in Kissimmee has held meetings at apartment houses where school families live. Spring Lake Elementary School in Altamonte Springs even schedules parent conferences at McDonald's.

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