Dear Parents and/or Guardians,


    Hello, my name is Jarrett Buford and I am the new Family and Community Specialist at Wilkinson Early Childhood Center. I was born and raised in St. Louis City and am a product of Fontbonne University. My goals this year consist of developing strong, collaborative relationships with parents and families while being instrumental in improving attendance and furthering reading capabilities of students here at Wilkinson. I plan to design activities to increase parental involvement and increase the knowledge of federal, state, district and school policies, as well as, ensure that Wilkinson is in compliance with all policies and mandates of the Saint Louis Public School District.

    Research has shown that parental involvement in the schools benefits all children in a variety of different measures and can increase development of students both socially and academically. Part of being involved in the school includes coming to PTO meetings, volunteering for events and fundraisers and attending the family events coordinated by the school and PTO.

    Our mission here at Wilkinson is to provide a diverse community fostering autonomy and social emotional development through investigative learning. Our vision for Wilkinson looking towards the future is to prepare tomorrows leaders through problem based learning in partnerships with family and community. If we all work together I am sure we can accomplish these goals.

    With all that being said, we welcome your help and assistance to make this one of the best school years we’ve ever had! There will be numerous volunteer opportunities available here at Wilkinson and if you’re interested, I encourage you to contact me personally. As a reminder, all parents are PTO members and I invite and encourage you to attend PTO meetings as well.

    If you have any questions, comments or concerns, or would just simply like to volunteer, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at Jarrett.buford@slps.org, or by phone at (314) 645-1202. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you!


    Jarrett Buford – Family & Community Specialist

    Wilkinson ECC