What some Shelby County educators are doing to make sure parents get their kids to school

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County and suburban schools are getting down to business and getting students ready for school.

This is the day parents across the county needed to get their kids registered for school.

At some schools, they aren’t giving parents an excuse not to get their children to class to learn.

“You can’t lose because you have materials to come to school with and the teachers who are ready to teach the children and we just ask parents to get the student here,” said Flora Childres, the principal at Winchester Elementary.

For the past ten years, Winchester Elementary has been handing out school supplies on registration day and giving away free school uniforms and even shoes.

It’s all in an effort to make sure every student starts off on the right foot.

Erica Scott picked up school supplies and a few clothing items while registering her 7-year-old son for the second grade.

She was glad for the help and said the process couldn’t have been easier.

“I’m talking quick…like ten minutes,” said Scott.

Nearly half of the population at Winchester is Latino, which makes registration a little more challenging, but school administrators say thanks to interpreters and English-speaking teachers, so far it’s been a breeze.

“We do have some forms in Spanish and English and it’s just making parents feel comfortable,” said Childres.

The registration process in Shelby County continues until 8 p.m. tonight.

Parents must bring two forms that show proof of residency, as well as their child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and social security number.

The first day of school is Monday, August 4.

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