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GCT Parent Center bringing together the district and community

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) 12 years ago, the Greene County Tech Primary School Parent Center started with a single clothes rack, a piece of plywood, and six candy boxes.

"It has grown into a mini department store," said Parent Center coordinator, Rebecca Murry.

Murry hopes the center is meeting the needs of students in need, providing resources to feed the body and mind.

"They give you that smile, or that wink, or that hug--that's why I'm here," said Murry.

Murry says by law, parent centers have to have manipulative resource materials that help kids academically.  Teachers use the materials and parents can check them out as well.  She says the  center was in place in the district years prior to the law, and adds they go above and beyond because there's a need.  

"All we're doing is setting the stage for everyone else to be able to do their jobs throughout the day," said Murry.

"It kind of allows them to have some things that we take for granted on a daily basis," said volunteer, David Williams.

David Williams is a parent center volunteer--a WatchD.O.G dad--it's a program for father-figures to be a present and positive role model.  

"The things that the center does and allows children to have, when they don't, I just think that it's great," said Williams.

Another service the center offers?

"Kuts for Kids"-- offering free haircuts by a volunteer licensed beautician.

Rebecca Murry says it's those volunteers and the community support that is the driving force behind the success of the center. A center she hopes is helping to allow for success in and out of the classroom.

"When they walk out of here with that smile on their face or they come up to you at Wal Mart and they hug you and say that's the person that put shoes on me--then you know why you come to work," said Murry.

The center is located at GCT Primary, but Murry says the center helps students district-wide.  While it does help those children in need, Murry says it's also used everyday by providing replacement clothing and shoes for students who experience playground, lunchroom, restroom or any other kid-type accident during the school day.

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