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It’s time for area school children to head back to the classroom. For most children it’s exciting; for others, stressful. For many parents, there’s a sense of relief that the regular routine is back on schedule!

Brinkley Walser Stoner has been heavily involved with the local schools for many years, both representing several school districts and supporting numerous charitable organizations in their efforts to help schools and children. Most of our attorneys and staff have (or had) children who attended these same schools. We’d like to share our thoughts as another school year begins:

  1. We encourage parents to get involved with their child’s school through the local parent teacher organization, by volunteering at school and by attending school events with your child. This provides needed help to the school; you are also telling your child through your actions that school is important.
  2. Watch for news and information the school sends home with your child so you know what’s going on. Talk with your child about the school’s policies on bullying, weapons, use of technology, or other important topics that may be addressed.
  3. Grandparents and other adults may find satisfaction in acting as mentors through an organization like Communities in Schools or Junior Achievement.
  4. If you can afford to do so, donate to groups that help at-risk children or those whose parents cannot afford school supplies, backpacks and clothes.
  5. Support our teachers. According to a recent survey by the National Education Association, teacher salaries in North Carolina rank toward the bottom in the U.S. Many teachers work long hours and some even pay for school supplies from their own pockets. Thank these teachers for their efforts, and ask what you can do to help support them.

We hope everyone has a great 2015-2016 school year!