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D.C. Virgo encourages parent involvement, offers parent-only room

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy has a special room just for parents. (Source: WECT) D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy has a special room just for parents. (Source: WECT)
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Many experts will tell you how important it is for parents to be involved in their child's education, so that's why D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy has a special room just for parents.

"It's unique. I think most places don't really have a designated place that makes them feel welcome and that's our goal," said D.C. Virgo Principal Eric Irizarry.

The parent room provides a place to cook, do laundry and provides internet to parents of D.C. Virgo students.

"It's like a home away from home," D.C. Virgo parent Sidion Nixon explained.

Nixon is a parent of a 7th grader and visits the room often to do schoolwork towards her Master's degree.

"That feels great," Nixon said. "I'm glad it's available to parents to come to do whatever, you know it's a great experience."

The Blue Ribbon Commission, an organization dedicated to reducing youth violence, is behind the room.

Jana Jones Hall, executive director of the Blue Ribbon Commission, said it provides great resources for parents.

"I think that because this room gives opportunity for a lot more events and different classes and other opportunities for parents, we have had more parents involved and engaged, which in turn has them more engaged in their child's learning and their child's learning experience," Halls mentioned.

Nixon said seeing her daughter sometimes during the day is a huge plus.

"I think it helps her to stay on the right path," Nixon said. "She never knows when I'm going to come."

Parents aren't the only ones who use the room, meetings and other special events are held in it.

"The Blue Ribbon Commission actually helps coordinate various classes and workshops," Halls said.

PPD furnished the parent room. The parent room was created when D.C. Virgo reopened in 2012.

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