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Having Involved Parents in Decatur
It's a parade in downtown Decatur as students march, dance and cheer, "hip, hip, hooray."
“Hip stands for Having Involved Parents," Decatur Public Schools Superintendent Gloria Davis said. “Our district is scoring very well we know that over a course of years we have improved achievement," Davis said.
The district is diverse and the drive to keep kids successful, strong. “So we start at the front end and move all the way up to when they cross, walk across that stage at graduation," Davis said.
The graduation rate in Decatur Public Schools is 87.7%, above the state average but not perfect. And there's a reason. “A lot of our young men don't have fathers in the home, don't have any male positive role models in their lives. we try to help provide that and talk to them about respect, responsibility and basically what it means to be a man," said Jeffery Davis of Caring Black Men.
There’s also women like Casandra Blockton, who has four kids, three in Decatur Public Schools, and a fourth, who earned herself a scholarship for college. “Between me and their father... they can't fail. you know because we're both, we're so strict on the homework and getting the good grades and you know staying focused," Blockton said.
District officials want more parents like Blockton. This is just one way they're pounding that message home.