October 5, 2017 – The BCSD Family and Community Engagement Department (FACE) hosted the 2nd Annual Parent University Kick-Off celebration on the campus of Stiern Middle School this past weekend. The event featured guest speakers, a resource fair and an opportunity for parents to network with parents at other schools across the district.
Attendees heard from the following featured speakers: Doc Ervin, BCSD Superintendent; Lyle Martin, Bakersfield Chief of Police; and Barry E. Knight, Author and Leadership Consultant. Speakers stressed the importance of parental leadership and the positive impact it can have on students and their success in the classroom. When Mr. Knight was asked why an event like this was important, he said, “It brings the community together and focuses them on the goal which is children and parents working together.” He also emphasized the role of parents as leaders, “The children are following. The parents point the way for their children’s success.”
“As parents, we never stop learning. We should always provide good advice to our children – how to continue studying and prepare for college, in order to have a better future,” said Claudia Diaz, parent at Evergreen Elementary.
“I am here to learn how to help my children at school; parents are the first teachers. We as parents must provide a good example to our children,” said Lucila Ruiz, attendee and parent at Horace Mann.
The morning program was followed by lunch and a resource fair featuring information booths, games, prizes, photo areas and other goodies. More than 650 parents attended the event, more than doubling the number of attendees from the previous year.
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