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.
Article by the Effingham Herald
By Paul Floeckher
UPDATED: September 23, 2013 7:38 p.m.
The second year of Parent University in Effingham County will begin with recognition of some of the people who made the first year a success.
Parent University-Effingham, a partnership between the Springfield Central High School Association and Effingham County School System to promote parental involvement in education, will be held Saturday at Effingham County Middle School. The entire program is free of charge.
Following registration and breakfast at 7:45 a.m., the program will begin at 9 with a ceremony for Parent University-Effingham’s first graduates. The parents earned 15 course credits by attending Parent University sessions during the 2012-13 school year.
“This will be a very special graduation group,” said veteran educator and Parent University dean Franklin Goldwire. “We’re proud to have this much interest in the program after only one year of it being in existence. We hope to see many more graduates in the coming years.”
Parents will be able to take part in three different informational sessions on Saturday. They will choose from a number of programs, offered from 9:40-10:35, 10:40-11:25 and 11:30-12:15.
The courses offered will include social media safety, CPR certification, managing a child’s behavior positively, financial aid for college, preparing students for jobs and careers and understanding the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).
“The bottom line is to get parents involved in their kids’ education,” Goldwire said. “Statistics tell us that, when parents are involved in their children’s education, the children seem to do better — and it carries through life.”
Lunch will be served at the close of the sessions. Various vendors will be on hand during the day, and the “kids academy” will provide age-appropriate activities for children ages 4-17.
Parent University-Effingham has expanded from two dates last year to three this year. Along with the one this Saturday, sessions will be offered on Feb. 22 and April 5.
“This is just a start,” Goldwire said. “We hope to increase our program over time to impact in other ways and offer additional opportunities to work with our young people in helping them become successful.”
For more information about Parent University or to register for Saturday’s program, call 772-3885, 754-3835 or 661-5290.
Reposted from SavannahNOW
The second Parent University—Effingham is scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 2.
Registration and a breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. and classes start after a general session about 9:40 a.m.
Classes are designed to bridge the gap between home, school and community.
The university is for ages 17 and older, with activities available for children 4 to 17 years old.
Classes include an update on the new common core Georgia performance standard, protecting yourself on the internet, CPR basics, bullying and legal consequences, safety in our schools, how to prepare for parent-teacher conferences, understanding student testing and achievement and information on programs and services at the Effingham College and Career Academy.
Parent-University will be held at Effingham County Middle School, 1659 Ga. 119 South, Guyton.
For more information call 912-754-5680, 912-772-3885 or 912-754-3835.
All activities are free and lunch is also provided.
Door prizes will also be awarded.
Reposted from Effingham Herald
Parents of all Effingham County schoolchildren are invited to attend the county’s first Parent University, on Sept. 15 at Effingham County Middle School.
The day of free seminars will include discussion of Georgia’s new common core performance standards. Parents also can attend sessions on topics such as local reading initiatives, homework tips, Internet safety, bullying and community resources.
Parent University-Effingham is sponsored by the Springfield Central High School Association, Effingham County Board of Education and community agencies. Organizers say the goal is to help parents meet their children’s needs by “bridging the gap between the home, school and community.”
“Research shows that, when parents are involved in their children’s education at home, the children do better in school. Parent University-Effingham will provide opportunities for parents to sharpen their parenting skills, learn what children are learning in school and how to help,” said Norma Wallace, one of the Parent University organizers.
Parent University will begin with registration and breakfast at 7:30, followed by a general session from 8:45-9:30. Parents will then break out for three sessions – 9:40-10:30, 10:40-11:30 and 11:40-12:30 – on topics they select. Lunch will be served at 12:40.
The entire Parent University program is free of charge. Registration forms are being distributed to all Effingham County students and also are available at the school system’s central office in Springfield. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.
“We are very excited about providing opportunities for parents to gain new understandings and varied points of view on the curriculum, ways to keep the family safe, adolescent behavior, conflict resolution, understanding test scores, health/wellness and cultural enrichment, stress management, leadership development, family and financial literacy and planning – all of which parents can use to help their children succeed not only in school but throughout life,” said Rev. Herbert Hall, chairman of the Springfield Central Association.
In addition to the classes, vendors will be on hand from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Childcare will be available for children ages 6 months-3 years.
For more information about Parent University, call 754-5680, 772-3885 or 754-3835.