Class was in session for parents in the Fulton City School District, as the district recently hosted its first Parent University.
The event, held at the Fulton Junior High School, invited parents, grandparents and professionals to attend free seminars in an effort to provide families with the resources necessary to support their child’s educational growth.
In all, 13 seminars were held between two sessions, with participants being able to attend six seminars each.
Seminar topics included a board of education round table discussion, a basic computer skills workshop and an ELA vocabulary review, among others.
“The parent sessions were all topics parents had asked for more information on. The topics were current and relevant both from the school side and the community partner side,” said Betsy Conners, the district’s executive director of Instruction and Assessment.
Supervised activities for children ran concurrent to the Parent University, including basketball drills, puzzles and games and a bounce house.
According to Conners, the children’s activities provided students with a fun experience and allowed parents to focus on their sessions.
The event also featured a resource fair, which provided information on 23 area agencies and organizations that can be of service to students and their families.
Tables featuring information from each organization lined the hallways of the school, allowing families to ask questions and receive answers in a timely fashion.
With a high level of participation and an expansive amount of knowledge gained, Conners didn’t hesitate to deem the inaugural Parent University a success.
“For the parents and children who attended, it was a very positive experience with a lot of positive feedback. Several parents asked for more opportunities like this,” Conners said.