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New African American Parent Network Group Meets Tomorrow at L'Anse Creuse North

Started by three parents, group looks to help African American students and others excel in academics.

African American students attending L'Anse Creuse High School - North and other area schools have a new resource to consider and advocate to consider. 

The L'Anse Creuse African American Parent Network, started by parents Terra Carter, Terri MacNear, and LaVonna Brown, will gather for their second meeting tomorrow, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the LGI room at L'Anse Creuse High School - North. 

The Network's mission is to help African American students and others excel in academics, an area that seems to be lacking, according to literature produced by the network. Their brochure states,  "Data indicates a very distinct achievement gap between African American test performance and that of other subgroups. Parents are organizing to examine the data and devise strategies that support increased family attention and action to reverse this trend.”

“We need to strengthen this leg of our community to build them up,” Carter said. “We want to close the achievement gap for all learners, and it takes a village; everyone coming on board to support this area.”

After their first meeting with a dozen parents on Oct. 29, subcommittees began planning strategies to increase parent participation, arranging for guest speakers at the meetings, setting meeting dates and discussing ways to broaden the focus across all levels, not just high school. Their motto is Real People, Real Talent, Real Possibilities.

The network is open to anyone, not just African American families. They will meet monthly next year. 

Lanse Creuse High School-North is located at 23700 21 Mile Road. For information, email aapn2012@yahoo.com.

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