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Kubasaki HS Parent Center open

Date Posted: 1999-04-10

The Kubasaki High School Parent Center was officially opened March 22 with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion. Dr. Georgia Wlliams-Scaife, Dept. of Defense education activity chief, along with Col. M.B. Hogan, Camp S. D. Butler deputy commander and Dr. Steve Bloom, superintendent, Okinawa District were there to participate in the ceremony. Also present were Tim Kilkenny, principal, and representatives from the student body as well as Kathy Kelly, PTSA president and Lilia Alacorn, PTSA treasurer.

The Parent Center's main function is to make school accessible and helpful to parents, and encourages parental involvement in their children's education. The center provides resources and scheduled activities for parents to further their knowledge in assisting their children complete their education and become contributing members of society. It is a place where parents can always feel welcome, and where opportunities exist to discuss educational issues with other parents, check out reading materials, use the computer, or conduct meetings

The Assistant Principal, Dr. George Carpenter, and Debbie Ramsey, School Home Partnership Chairperson, spoke glowingly about the Center's objectives.

"There is a strong need to formulate a program to increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional and educational growth of students. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) adopted Goal 8.0 of the Goals 2000 and established a School Home Partnership Program.

Never before has one program had so much potential to do so much good in emphasizing the importance of parents to our school's learning climate and to the development of children who value lifelong learning," Dr. Carpenter said.

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