Volunteering paramount to local mother
Prince-Simonton learned involvement from parents
MONROE — For Christy Prince-Simonton, dropping her daughter off at school is just the beginning of her involvement.
Prince-Simonton believes strongly in staying involved with the schools her daughter attends, saying her engagement is just as important as others in ensuring a quality education.
“You have to think of it as a team,” Prince-Simonton said. “As a parent, you have to do your part for the team to be successful. You’re a part of the team, as is the student, the teachers, the administrators. It’s a team effort.”
Prince-Simonton has been involved with groups and committees at all the schools her daughter attends, spending time on the Title I committee, Parent-Teacher Student Organization and just visiting the classroom to help out at Carver Middle, Monroe Area High and others.
Prince-Simonton said her involvement stemmed from somewhat selfish reasons, as she wanted to ensure her child would be OK at school.
“I think it’s really important to have a personal relationship with the people working with my child,” she said. “It was very important to me that Samantha know that I’m interested.”
But her work at the school has seen her expand her reach beyond just her daughter’s needs.
“I feel like I can contribute to the school by being here and it doesn’t only help my child but all the kids,” Simonton said. “Being involved in their education is important and we really need more of that in today’s society.”
Prince-Simonton’s urge to be involved was somewhat focused by her daughter’s needs, as Samantha was born blind.