Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Parents Supporting Parents - Free Workshop

On April 15, J.H. Gunn Elementary will partner with Parent University
and Leadership Charlotte to host its second "Parents Supporting
Parents" evening. This event will be held in the school, located at
7400 Harrisburg Road, Charlotte, NC 28215. The event will provide an
opportunity for parents to meet and share ideas. This free,
interactive workshop – from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – will be offered in
English and Spanish.

Workshop topics will include Building Study Skills and Avoiding
Homework Headaches, Effective Communication Between Home and School
and Technology Tools for Parents.

This program is being supported by a team of volunteers from
Leadership Charlotte's Class 31 and Parent University, as well as the
schools parent's advisor committee. Dinner, free childcare and door
prizes will also be provided. The school's Parent-Teacher Association
will sign up new members at the event.

This is the second year Leadership Charlotte has partnered with Parent
University to support parent classes in targeted schools. Last year,
Leadership Charlotte's Class 30 supported nine Parent University
sessions, which drew more than 1,200 participants. Leadership
Charlotte members offered assistance with promotion, meals,
incentives, child care, and more during these workshops.

While parents are in Thursday's workshop, children can receive help
with homework from teachers, watch a movie or play games.

Parent University, which began in 2008 as part of the district's
Strategic Plan 2010, is a community collaborative led by CMS to offer
free resources and workshops for parents.

Leadership Charlotte is a community leadership development
organization that operates a 10-month program. Participants meet with
community leaders, are exposed to major issues affecting the region
and address community needs.