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Parent Academy to begin

The Parent Academy at St. Helena schools is a community collaborative effort to help parents become full partners in their children’s education and is set to begin in February.

Superintendent Kelli Joseph said that to become full partners, it is important to increase family engagement in the school district while empowering parents with the knowledge and skills needed to be triumphant. When parents become triumphant, it will encourage their children to become successful students, which increases the opportunity for them to be successful adults, she said.

To ensure success, the St. Helena Parish School District has collaborated with Regions Bank and other local organizations to offer parents and guardians the opportunity to participate in free workshops, courses and family educational events. To better serve parents, all these events will be held within the school district and at other locations.

For information on the program, contact the school district office at (225) 222-4349.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email swarren@theadvocate.com.