Letter from a Stand UP Graduate

Parent & Family Engagement | 12/18/2018

Sherry Holmes
Stand UP Graduate

As a child growing up, I saw mom’s like Mrs. Huxtable on TV. I saw they were nothing like my own mother and I vowed when I had my own children, I would not do the same things she did to me. I would be different. I vowed to set standards and goals for both my children and myself, to show them a loving and caring mother. I graduated from Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) yesterday because I have two children, one is a year away from school and the other is in first grade at URABNA ACT Academy. As a mother of two young children whose minds are being molded as we speak, I want to open every opportunity possible for my children.

Stand UP has given many parents like me a way to come together and to make positive changes. Before Stand UP, I wasn’t talking to my 1st grade son, Payton, about college. I am now. Before Stand, I wasn’t balancing a checkbook with him or talking to him about job interviews. I am now. Before Stand UP, I wasn’t looking at the relationship I had with my son’s teacher as something of significance, but I am now. Being a part of Stand UP has given all the parents in these classes an opportunity to learn from each other and listen to each other.

Graduating from Stand UP is only the beginning. There is always a call for more parent involvement and more positive change that can happen.

I believe it takes a village to raise a child and it is going to take a community to raise all these children. Each community, regardless of the zip code, deserves a great school that serves all children equally. Thank you for standing with me to make sure every child gets the education they deserve. We are our children’s #1 fans and the changes we wish to see, they must come from us.

Your voices matter, as IPS parents, educators, taxpayers and administrators. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Indianapolis Public Schools as they welcome new IPS board members and choose a new superintendent. With big decisions that can shape the future of the district, please let us know your thoughts on district leadership and quality public schools for all

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