An Omaha school is taking parental involvement to the next level. Moms and dads are spending time in the classroom while also learning important skills themselves.
Parental involvement plays an important role at Gomez Heritage Elementary at 17th and P streets. Bilingual liaison Kacie Rosario noticed this soon after she started working at the school about a year ago.
"There's a program for father figures called Watchdog where they are actually invited into classrooms and spend an hour a week with their student, just in their classroom, observing, learning what they're learning. And so the moms kind of thought, well hey, we volunteer all the time, why don't we have our own special group?"
The Super Moms Group was born several weeks ago. Members visit with their student, wear matching T-shirts and learn how to be a better parent. “One of the things we do is a class called Parents Teaching Parents where parents who have certain skills in certain areas teach those skills to other parents with the idea that those are things that they can then use in their own families,” said Rosario.
Faviola Legarreta is a member of the Super Moms Group. "I come on Wednesdays and I read to a class and then I go to my daughter’s class and then I spend the rest of the day with her.”
She and the other moms are hoping to reach their goal of 10,000 hours because their presence benefits them and their children. "She's really excited, she loves me coming. Like today, she was like, are you coming? She throws her shirt on. She is just excited."
Gomez Elementary parents can give the school office a call if they're interested in getting involved.