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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/ 8/2009

Maryland seeks parents who are superstar school volunteers

By Valerie Strauss

See if you know anybody who is as involved in public schools as:

*Kristen Ruiz, who served as president of three PTA organizations in Prince George’s County--at Bond Mill Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr., Middle and Laurel High Schools--at the same time because she had a child in each one. And she also found time to start a drama club at Bond Mill elementary school and an e-mail newsletter at Laurel.

*James Carroll , who helped 13 schools in Calvert County’s public system to increase their science, technology, engineering and math education through robotics.

*Ann English, a parent in Montgomery County who used her expertise in landscape architecture at Rockville High School to revitalize the greenhouse, create a horticulture program, install a rain garden and landscape the courtyard. All that, and she helped fund raising efforts and improve communication between student groups as president of the Booster Club.

*Wendy Panor, who couldn’t find a program in Queen Anne’s County schools for her son who suffered from apraxia, a speech disorder, so she found a successful model in another state and brought it to the school system for all children who needed it.

In fact, Panor was the 2009 winner of Maryland’s “Parent Involvement Matters Awards,” a collaboration between the Maryland State Department of Education and Comcast. Ruiz won a special award for her involvement, and the others were among the finalists.

Now the state’s education department is seeking nominations for the 2010 award, recognizing outstanding support for public education in the areas of communication, volunteering, learning, decision making and community collaboration. The winner wins $1,000 and the four finalists, $250.

About 100 parents were nominated for the 2009 award but relatively few came from the greater Washington region.

If you want to submit a name, you can obtain a nomination form at Nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.

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By Valerie Strauss  | December 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Parents  | Tags:  parent involvement  
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Online education/classes are terrific. Self pace is always fantastic. No child is on the same level and at the same time they both have a wider array of information on the Internet.

The teacher is able to perform their roll as once did before, and that is instruct. Teachers do not teach, students learn. With the internet, the teacher does not have to worry about discipline. Kids are nice and valuable true enough, however, someone elses' child can give one "brain damage."

On the internet, the parent and/or guardian can discipline at their own right. Schools now are being built so fast in certain areas that they have become penal institutions under the disguise of a School. The parents are not at the School with their children and the Teachers cannot raise someone elses' children. Then too, all people that have children are not necessarily parents either.

A parent is a special breed. A teacher is a special breed. With the special breeds together, maybe, just maybe the child can be encouraged to learn.

Posted by: revruc1 | December 8, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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