School Grant Helps Military Families Stay Connected
by Jason Lamb
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Two school systems that serve a lot of military families announced plans to make it easier for parents in the military to keep tabs on their child's progress at school, even when they're away from home serving overseas.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County school system and the Christian County, Kentucky school system made the announcement of the new $4.5 million grant through the Department of Defense Educational Partnership on Monday.
The goal is to increase parental involvement in their students' lives in the two counties.
Some of the grant money will go toward a mobile app the Montgomery County School system has been testing that allows parents to look over detailed information about their child's grades.
The district has used a desktop version of that software for a couple years, and parents say it's played a big role in opening up communication between parents and teachers.
"I may not know everything they're doing as far as the homework," said Candy Johnson, a parent of a 7th grader in the Clarksville-Montgomery school system, "but I can go in here and see if she's done well or if she needs help."
Some of the grant money will also be focused on reading efficiency skills for Christian County students.