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Schools gearing up for weekend parent conference

Clayton County Public Schools is extending a invitation to all parents, students, and community members this weekend, to come out and enjoy educational games, activities, workshops, refreshments, and giveaways.

Scores of business sponsors, district officials and teachers, will be on hand Saturday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., to host the “E3 Conference.” The free event will be held at Forest Park High School, which is located at 5254 Phillips Drive, in Forest Park.

The team of school system professionals and business leaders will be providing free information about resources –– and tips that will give parents the tools they need to help their children improve in school.

Chantara Rumph-Carter, a program specialist for the school system, said this year’s conference theme is: “Empowering, Educating and Engaging.” There will be several workshops available for parents and students, she said, that will offer suggestions and tips for improving a student’s performance in math, reading, social studies and science.

All parents will be receive a backpack filled with educational-resource materials and games at the conclusion of the event, she said.

“This a wonderful opportunity for parents, the community and schools to partner together and share resources and strategies that will help all of our students to achieve,” said Sarah Cainion, principal at E.J. Swint Elementary School.

Latrice Walker-Hector, parent of Nolen Smith, who attends Mundy's Mill High School, said she is excited for the opportunity to learn new strategies to assist her son with learning at home. “I’m thankful that the district is sponsoring this event to allow parents to partner with the schools in their children's education,” said Walker-Hector. “I’m also excited to be receiving a backpack with resources I can use, at home, to help Nolen.”

Program specialist, Rumph-Carter, said students will also be offered a workshop called, “Big Science Thinkers,” which will allow them to have hands-on experience with helpful science activities.

Another workshop, she said, will be conducted by Kelly Williams and Daniel Lee, aka K.G. and ELA, who will be sharing with students and parents, their rap album, “The Adventures of K.G. & ELA” –– a school-standards-based offering for students in grades 3 through 6. The album is dedicated to teaching the basic required standards set forth by the state.

In addition to the workshops, Carter said, there be will two booths set up, at which parents can register to vote and sign up to volunteer for upcoming school events.

This is the second year the district has hosted the “E3 Conference,” and Carter said she is expecting at least 300 people to attend. Carter credits parents, community members, and her co-workers, for donating supplies and food, and working hard to make the event a success.

“All of our Clayton County parent liaisons, but especially, the Forest Park parent liaisons [deserve credit],” she said, “because they have been going door-to-door advertising and communicating this event to parents and the community. They are: Kimley Butterfield, Valerie Larkin, Almetta Wilson, Rosa Coburn, Dorcas Sola and Lindsay Crump.”

Carter said, although the conference is only hosted once a year, the school district will still host several parental-involvement workshops and training programs throughout the year. She said that information is usually posted on the districts web site: www.clayton.k12.ga.us.