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Mercedes' Perspective on School Engagement

Access to High-Quality Schools, Parent & Family Engagement | 10/07/2016

MaryGrace Longoria
Educator Organizer

MaryGrace is responsible for parent and educator organizing

In honor of Family and School Partnership in Education Month, we are publishing a series of blog posts on what it means to be an engaged parent. Studies show that when parents, families, and schools collaborate effectively, students are more likely to succeed in school.  Our latest blog series asks Stand for Children parent-leaders to answer questions about what it means to them to be an engaged parent.

Name: Mercedes Sisk

How many children do you have, and what are their ages?

I have three kids, ages 10, 8, and 4.

What made you decide to get involved with Stand for Children?

I care about the education my children are receiving, and I want to be involved to help them become successful in school and in the future.

What do you think it means to be an engaged parent?

I’m very proactive about knowing my kids’ teachers and regularly communicating with them. I also attend parent-teacher conferences. Lastly, I support my kids with their schoolwork.

How do you help your children be successful in school?

I make sure they get enough sleep, eat nutritious food, and I try to spend 30 minutes with each of them every day to help with homework.

What have you done to get involved in your school?

I volunteer 10 or more hours each week by helping with tardy slips, serving on lunch duty, and assisting school staff with any additional duties.

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a Stand for Children member?

Knowing that as a parent, I have a voice. Stand for Children has helped me advocate for my children, and they hear my concerns. As a member, I feel empowered, and my children feel empowered. We have all experienced positive growth in our lives.

What are the most important things that Stand for Children has taught you?

I have been able to utilize resources they provide, which have helped me network with and support my kids’ schools. 

What would you say to other parents who want to get involved in their child’s school?

Learn what resources you have. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, because you have people in your corner who are there to support you. Every child matters, and if you don’t advocate for your child, who will? It all starts with you as a parent.


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