PIER3 Academy proves successful

By Dedrick Russell - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Mecklenburg school (CMS) parents and students in the Northeast learning community have created some new habits.

Moms and dads are taking a more active role in their children's education.  The PIER3 (Parents Invovled in Education for Rigor, Relevance and Relationship) Academy helps parents with being better.

"My son and I are more closer now," CMS Parent Elaine Stevenson said. "He is staying more focused and positive. He wants to go to school. He wants to keep learning."

The Pier3 Academy started last year.  So far more than 3,000 parents have participated.

"This is phenomenal." PIER3 Academy organizer Marlon Smith said. "We have been working with parents and are seeing the growth."

CMS believes parental involvement equals academic success. Principals from the Northeast Learning community say more parents are showing up in schools because of the monthly academy events.

Parents say connecting with other moms and dads gives them strength to do better.

"There's a lot of fear, a lot of uncertainty with this economy," Smith said. "But you see when we come together and support one another we can all thrive."

"It always takes somebody to encourage you to want to do the right thing." Stevenson said.

Organizers say they will start the academy back up in September.