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October 24--  A Toombs County mom is part of a Parent Advisory Council named by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

{mosimage}Staci Worth has a first grader and a fourth grader in the Toombs County School System.  She attended her first council meeting last week in Atlanta.

"One of the things they said which stuck with me is that schools cannot replace the home or the family.  That said volumes to me.  If we want to raise children who are going to be good citizens, we have to be a partnership," she said.

Staci is among 36 parents from all over the state who will provide feedback to the state department of education and also work to keep their own communities informed.

"We met with Dr. Barge two different times during the day and with his staff.  We're working on a survey for parent involvement and we were also able to find out about some of the cutting edge things that are coming out in Georgia education.  All the parents there were from a variety of schools, urban schools and rural schools, and there was a variety of parents, too, grandparents, single parents, and guardians.  it was neat to get feedback from them and from the staff at the Department of Edication," Worth said.

The advisory council will serve for two years and Staci believes it's worth her time.

"I felt like we were there for a purpose.  We are a piece of the puzzle, we're not all of the puzzle, I'm not an educator, but they definitely wanted to hear what we have to say," she believes.