Modesto City Schools parents can get answers and ideas Saturday morning while their kids play, then enjoy a family lunch, all free.
"This is their day," said Jorge Perez, director of parent and community involvement for the district. The event is the first of three to be held at Modesto schools this year, with offerings based on parent surveys and requests for information.
The Parents Make a Difference Conference will be from 8:45 a.m. to noon at Modesto High School, 18 H St. Check-in is in the auditorium.
Parents will be able to attend three workshops from among a dozen choices, with Spanish translation available. Day care will be provided. Workshop topics include:
Power School parent online portal
College readiness and financial aid for college
Dream Act deferred
Health and nutrition
Community building model
Alcohol and drugs
Self-esteem and students
Steps to homeownership for families
Presenters and funding are courtesy of 18 community groups, law enforcement and Modesto City Schools, with lunch provided by Familia Juarez Restaurant.
Modesto High Student Body President Andrew Solis had been scheduled to speak Saturday, telling his story of how important his immigrant parents were to his success.
"My parents played a big role," Andrew said, insisting he go to after-school activities, finish his homework, practice an instrument, take part in sports and choose the harder classes.
"They still believe in the American dream. You work hard, you're going to achieve," he said.
Andrew works very hard, as part of the Modesto High cross country and track teams, first violinist in the school orchestra, a part-time restaurant worker and top-notch student. The first-generation American hopes to mark his family's first generation to tackle university courses here.
In a way, it's because of his parents' push to succeed that Solis won't be available to speak at Parents Day he'll be tied up taking a college entrance exam.
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