Vacation Giveaway Package

*To be eligible to win, you must attend classes during Parent
University – Effingham April 5, 2014 session. Winner under 18 years
of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Both winner
and parent or guardian must be present at drawing. This vacation is
based on availability and expiration date will not be extended.
Parent University volunteers and their immediate family members
are not eligible to win.

Parent University – Effingham
Golden Isles
Of Georgia
Vacation Giveaway
3 days 2 nights stay for a family of 2 adults and 2 children
*Days Inn and Suites on Jekyll Island
Georgia Sea Turtle Center and a tee-shirt
Summer Waves on Jekyll Island
Ghost Walk Tour of St. Simons Island and the Lighthouse
$30 meal certificate and a tee-shirt for Barbra Jeans Restaurant
$10 off meal and free dessert certificate for the Rooftop Restaurant
at the Ocean Lodge on St. Simons Island

Parent University gets grant

Parent University-Effingham received a $500 grant from Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Effingham County.

Parent University, held free of charge three times a year, is a partnership between the Springfield Central High School Association and Effingham County School System to promote parental involvement in education.

The courses cover a range of subjects, including family literacy, social media safety, CPR certification, financial aid for college, the dangers of bullying, managing a child’s behavior positively, and preparing students for jobs and careers.

The spring session of Parent University will be on April 5 at Effingham County Middle School.

Magic Marc from WTOC will be headlining the September 2013 Event

Marc Dunston, or Magic Marc, is the host and executive producer of “The Magic Marc Show,” a family-oriented children’s show on WTOC-TV. Accompanied by his pets, Bingo, Showbiz, Wizard, Bubba and Fluffy, he focuses on “magication,” Magic Marc’s own word for combining magic and education for kids. The energetic, and always optimistic magician, has performed as the opening act for Bill Cosby, Robert Klein, Grover Washington and others.


About Magic Marc

Marc Dunston "Magic Marc"
Marc Dunston
“Magic Marc”

The magic of giving inspired Marc Dunston, better known as Magic Marc, as a young boy in Philadelphia. He saw the movie Houdini and begged for a magic kit. After winning his elementary school’s talent competition with his very first magic show, he used the $25 prize to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner for a friend whose father had lost his job.

“That was the best trick of all,” Marc recalls. “I made a turkey appear on their Thanksgiving table that year.”

Marc practiced his magic skills on his three brothers, his sister and his parents. As a teenager, he spent most of his time at a hometown magic store, where he executed countless tricks on customers. In exchange for payment, the store’s owners allowed Marc select items from their inventory.

Eventually, Marc waved his magic wand and turned his passion into a career. His act has opened for Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, Robert Klein and Grover Washington, among others. He has entertained at private parties for celebrities such as Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington and Oprah Winfrey. Television appearances include the first episode of Paula’s Home Cooking with Paula Deen, as well as shows on BET and HGTV. Corporate clients have included Gulfstream, General Mills, Rubbermaid, Burger King and Wendy’s, to name a few.

For children, Marc focuses on “magication,” his own word for combining magic and education. He is the host and executive producer of The Magic Marc Show, a family-oriented children’s show on WTOC-TV in Savannah that serves as a teaching opportunity for topics such as manners, kindness and giving.

“The show offers kids a safe place to get together, have fun and learn,” Marc says.

Marc is actively involved in Camp Sunshine, an annual gathering for children with cancer, as well as with local hospitals. He also presents shows at no charge to many non-profit organizations each year.

“Bringing energy and happiness to kids means everything to me and I use every opportunity I have to volunteer my time to help out,” he says.

Author was added to Marc’s accomplishments in 2010 with the publication of The Magic of Giving (Pelican), a children’s book that recounts his personal story.

Marc is a father of two, to son Julian and daughter Chloe, and husband of Dr. Kyrin Dunston, a Savannah physician.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Effingham County Middle School

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

General Session & Graduation Ceremony for 2013 Attendees at 9:00 a.m.
Breakout sessions begin ‘9:35 a.m.
Kidz Academy & Youth Leadership Classes (Ages 5-17)
Program ends @ 1:30 p.m.
Everything is FREE at Parent University-Effingham!

To get further information about Parent University-Effingham call:
(912) 772-3885 (912) 754-3835 (912) 661-5290)


Parent University offers three Saturday learning sessions during the year. At each Parent University, participants are given an opportunity to choose three breakout sessions from an array of classes in which they could earn 1-3 credit hours.  Additional credit hours may be earned in other school and community functions as parent workshops, classroom visits, PTA/ PTO/Booster Club, and Parent/Teacher Conferences.  At the end of the school year, parents who have completed a set of learning sessions will graduate.


Click HERE to download the registration form

Click HERE to view the Schedule