In Ray A. Lingenfelter’s poem, entitled Parent/Teacher Poem, he beautifully describes the work of two sculptors, one the parent, the other being the classroom teacher and how the two masterfully worked together in developing a child’s mind. President Barack Obama on July 17, 2009 offered the following sobering words to parents, “We can’t tell our kids to do well in school and then fail to support them when they get home.”  The overarching theme for both Lingenfelter’s poem and President Obama’s statement is that our children can and will succeed with more parental directed involvement.


We have all heard the old adage, parents make the difference nonetheless scientifically researched based studies regarding successful schools suggest that parental involvement is a significant key factor in continuous student achievement. Here at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, it is our goal to support parents and family members in becoming effective advocates for their child’s education and ultimately empowering them to assist others. The Parent As Educators Outreach Ministry is that vehicle.


The primary objective of PEOM is to provide caregivers of school-aged children with the most current and relevant scientifically research based resources regarding parental involvement as it relates to increased student achievement. Currently, all the members of this ministry are certified educators in varying academic/social disciplines and are available to address any questions and/or concerns related to the school setting. You can contact members of the PEOM for assistance at


Please consider visiting our web page at on a continuous basis for current parental involvement resources that may be of interest to you. In addition, those who attend church services at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church can also peruse the Literature Display Stand located in the foyer for printed copies of resources to take home.




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