New Union Elementary School held its annual Family University Friday offering tips on parenting strategies and other helpful information seminars, in addition to offering vendor booths to connect parents to programs and businesses in the community.
“We’re trying meet the needs of the entire family… to try to get information to parents that we feel would help,” said Jennifer Hartley, New Union librarian/media specialist and head organizer of the event. “Areas that would help their child, areas that would help themselves.”
She said that about 14 different agencies were on hand with guests ranging from the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition to United Regional Medical Center and Partners for Healing with healthcare information.
“There are academic and non-classes for the parents to take. While the parents are in classes, their children can attend the childcare area.”
Coffee County Central High School Raiders football team and the Beta Club assisted with childcare.
“The [youth] could do arts and crafts and other activities while their parents are busy.”
Seminars included School Success K-2nd grades, School Success 3rd-5th, Friends and Family CPR, Digital Footprint, Writing Strategies, a home security class, Getting the Most of Reading you’re your Child and Bullying Prevention.