14 graduate from Parent Engagement Program


It’s graduation season for students but some parents in the east are also getting their diplomas.    

It’s from a local advocacy group working to help improve Pitt County Schools. 

“I’m excited!. I’m ready to get to work helping the schools of Pitt County,” said Tywanna Purkett, Pitt County Schools parent.

Purkett is celebrating after graduating today from the Parent Engagement Program.  

“I grew up in Pitt County, graduated from Pitt County Schools. I just think it’s really important to give back and be a supporter of our public school system and our kids,” she said.

Purkett is doing that through the Parents for Public Schools. A non-profit helping to strengthen and improve Pitt County Schools.   

Fourteen parents graduated from the program this year after attending classes from September to May creating projects for school campuses. 

“Projects range everywhere from beautification of schools to increasing CTE awareness around agriculture, to increasing sensory awareness in sensory activities in our schools to just being a leader in our community better understand our school,” said Kylene Dibble, Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools.

Now that the parents have graduated they’re working to expand their projects.

“We’re working with parents to teach them how to have those difficult conversations with their kids and how to help kids stand up for what they believe in and what is right,” said Purkett.

“The energy light bulb challenge so we promote incandescent to LED and so from little song chants to cost analysis. We have an interactive display we use and we go into these schools,” said PEP graduate, Jonathan Sergeant.

Parents will also advocate outside of the classrooms pushing for more funding for the upcoming school year for Pitt County Schools. 

“Understanding public education, it’s changed a lot since I’ve been out of it for 20 years so it’s been an enriching experience. I would encourage other parents and not only mothers but let’s step up and do our part where we can,” Sergeant said.


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