Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools learned a little more about succeeding in high school at the District’s fifth Parent University on Saturday, October 3, at Proviso East High School.
The Parent University was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond and explain the resources and services available for success. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.
"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 thank those who came out on Saturday, and we know that they left with a great deal of good information."
At this Parent University, attendees learned more about how to pay for education after high school; addressing mental health issues; services and resources available for all students, including those with disabilities and those in English Language Learners programs; and how to be ready for a career and college after high school. In addition, new sessions focused on issues affecting young men of color, those affecting Latino students and their families, and a discussion on how to deal with negative outside influences.
Attendees also benefitted through receiving free admission to that afternoon’s annual football game between Proviso East and Proviso West at Proviso West as well as a free meal from the stadium concession stand. In addition, fans at the game saw the awarding of a trophy by Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, president of the District 209 Board of Education, to Dr. Patrick Hardy, Proviso East principal, for Proviso East having the best attendance at Parent University.
"We as a school district are committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure that students are successful in their education," Mrs. Kelly said. "This is a positive event, and we especially thank our students, staff, and community volunteers who worked to make it happen and all of the parents who attended."
The next Parent University will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the District 209 administrative offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, so be sure to mark your calendars and save the date!