Free parent resource centers open in Rapides Parish Schools

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Pineville Elementary's halls aren't just for students, this year a classroom is reserved for parents.

"Any parent in Rapides Parish that needs help, wants help and wants to come to the center is more than welcome to at anytime." said parent liaison Donna King.

Five days a week King pushes parent involvement at a new parent resource Center at Pineville and across the river at Alexandria Middle Magnet.

"When students know that their parents are truly being informed about what is going on they have a different type of accountability," said AMMS teacher Victory Lemons.

King offers a long list of free resources like homework help, funded by the district's title one program.

"It's called make and take," King said. "We make things here and they take it home to help their kids. It might be flash cards, it might be different kinds of games."

She also helps parents better themselves with organization or employment assistance.

"A lot of them don't have computers, they just don't," King said. "So they can come in here, they can get on the computer, they can print out whatever they need for their students."

But, King also found herself getting even more involved.

"She's also collected things for families that they need," said Pineville Principal Dr. Erin Stokes. "Other resources like coats, Christmas things for them, especially the families that have had a major catastrophe or something happen."

When a mother lost her home to a fire, King was inspired to extend services.

"They were left outside in their pajamas and she had nowhere to turn," King said. "Did not know what to do, where to go, what resources."

She reached out to local organizations to get them back on their feet and then some.

"Century tell 21 Buelow-Miller is going to sponsor them for Christmas," King said. "Every kid should get something for Christmas,"

No matter their need, King hopes every parent will stop by.

"Their children will do better academically, behaviorally, socially mentally, physically," King said. "Their children will do better and succeed so much more."

King goes to the Alexandria Middle Magnet Resource Center Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. She is located at Pineville Elementary on Tuesday and Thursday at the same times. She can be reached at

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