(WMC-TV) - A new program is sending Memphis parents back to school and teaching them how to help their children do better in classes.
A group of 75 Kingsbury Elementary parents were picking up diplomas for 10 weeks of study as part of the Stand for Children organization's Stand Up program.
"This is an awesome program, and I'm proud to be inside this program today," said parent Ronique White.
White says because the Stand Up program taught her things like developing a study area in their home where she and her two kids could focus on school work.
The result is improved grades.
Stand for Children created the program and has held similar graduations at schools around the city.
"Started at Douglas Elementary with 20 parents and in December we will have over 400 who have graduated from the program," said Ryan Tracy with Stand for Children.
The Stand Up program takes a classroom approach to teaching parental involvement. It shows parents how to zero in on areas their child needs academic help in and how to work with school staff members to provide that help.
School Superintendent Dorsey Hopson was the keynote speaker for the graduation. Through an interpreter he congratulated parents and told them the best is yet to come.
Stand for Children's Stand up program began last year and now includes 10 Shelby County Schools. If you would like to find out more about the program, click here.
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