Parents in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 learned about how their students can succeed in high school and be ready for college at the District’s second edition of Parent University on Saturday, February 1, at the District’s offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
The Parent University is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was a collaboration between the district and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee, which is a partnership among the following groups: District 209, Triton College, Community Alliance, Loyola University Medical Center, Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Casa Esperanza, The Need to Know Group, Resurrection Project, and the Education Committee of Community Alliance.
Parents who attended could fill out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). They also could learn about how to find financial aid for college, trade schools, and certificate programs, and what resources are available for their students. In addition, some learned about how to transition to high school successfully, what resources are available for students with disabilities, and how to help students learn to love to learn.
"The Parent University was a very positive event in which we were able to reach out to parents in our district," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "We had a great deal of good information presented, and we are planning to continue this type of outreach in the future."
The District is planning more ways to help parents be more involved in the schools. We thank the parents for attending and the parents and volunteers for their help in making Parent University a success.