Parents, administrators discuss importance surrounding home and school relationship

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HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Students’ shoes shuffle down the halls at Charlotte Avenue Elementary School.

“School has changed a lot,” said Danielle Lango, the principal at the school. “Parents sometimes feel disconnected.”

The Hamburg District school’s administration has a top priority – making sure parents always feel welcome.

“They are the parents, the foundation, the support we really need to have.”

Research shows children whose parents are involved in school are more motivated to learn, have better attendance rates, and a more positive attitude toward school.

“They see that their parents are involved with their education so they’re going to want to be involved and do better,” said Candy Ditkowski, the Vice President for Charlotte Ave.’s PTSA.

“When you have a parent that’s involved and you’re talking with a parent and they’re working with their children, it allows the child to feel a level of safety, security and also lets them know it’s very important to the teachers and parents,” said Lango.

Charlotte Avenue is nationally recognized for its relationships between parents, administrators and parents. For the second time, they’re receiving a designation as a School of Excellence. Only 173 schools around the nation receive this award; 15 are in New York State; 6 are in Western New York.

“We do a lot of different things so that they can be a part of the school and the kids can see their parents are supporting them and their staff here as well,” said Lango.

The elementary school has more than 100 parent volunteers, aiding in different capacities throughout the year.

“There is a great partnership here,” said Ditkowski. “The district does work with our parents and we have that open, back and forth communication.”

Lango is hoping to continue building those strong relationships with parents as the year goes on.

“We want to make sure communication between school and home is open.”

And she’s hopeful those strong relationships will set up her students for success.

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