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Parent University

posted 23 May 2016, 15:37 by Webmaster Foundation51   [ updated 7 Jun 2016, 16:31 ]
Parent University brings parents together in our community to learn from experts and each other about key topics relevant to raising and educating kids in today’s world. The Greely PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) has run a similar parent educational lecture series in the past. This fall, both the PTO and Foundation 51 had an interest in planning a parent lecture series, thus the collaboration was formed. Foundation 51 awarded a grant to support Parent University during the Fall grant cycle.

Parent University has been a successful partnership among PTO, Foundation 51, and school administrators. Each informational session has provided a forum that has attracted, not only parents, but teachers, administrators, and other members of the community to come together and learn about topics to help students succeed in and out of the classroom. These lectures have been thoughtful in connecting parents with local community experts and resources.

There was remarkable community participation in the inaugural year. A total of six sessions were held. “It was truly a collaborative effort. Sessions attracted anywhere from 15-65 attendees and we were delighted that hundreds of parents in our community were able to benefit from the program. Parents were relieved to learn that they have similar concerns and anxieties as other parents and that together we can find solutions and share useful ideas. We are excited as we plan for another year of valuable discussions within our community,” says Laura Singer, Greely PTO Board Member.

Some of the sessions held this year were: Prevention of Teenage Substance Use & Abuse, An Intro to Digital Citizenship, Raising Healthy Eaters, Building True Strength, Parenting Anxious Kids, and Hardy Girls Healthy Women. Feedback from the community surveys and post event feedback forms are utilized to gather information on what topics are of interest and used for planning future educational sessions.

Stay tuned for more FREE and informative sessions this fall! Foundation 51 has helped support this program for the 2016-2017 school year in our Spring grant cycle. 

Check out the Spring Newsletter.