In an effort to build stronger relationships with students and families, a home visitation program was implemented in Mingo County this year.

From combined funding from Title I and the Campaign for Grade Level Reading Grant, 86 students and their families received home visits from Mingo County teachers and counselors, according to Mingo County Superintendent of Schools Don Spence.

Educators from Burch PK-8, Kermit PK-8, Lenore PK-8, Matewan PK-8 and Williamson PK-8 each made two home visits to build relationships with the chosen families. After the two home visits, each school held a celebration dinner, Spence said.

Christie Tilley, coordinator of parent engagement, helped to organize the dinners, which allowed families to meet each other and to socialize with the educators. Each school had something different for the families during the dinners. Games were played, and door prizes were given to attendees.

"Parents and educators stated that the home visits made a positive impact on the students," Spence said.

Dr. Sabrina Runyon, grant writer for Mingo Schools, hopes that more teachers will sign up for the program in the next school term.