Hispanic Parent Summit connects families with the resources they need most

“My child wants to be the president of the Unites States of America. How can I help her?”

That was just one of the many questions asked this past Saturday at the Hispanic Parent Summit held at Anderson Elementary School. The summit connected parents from schools all over District IX to representatives from HISD’s Literacy, College and Career Readiness, and Multilingual departments, as well as Houston Community College, University of Houston, Catholic Charities, Houston Public Library, and many more.

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District IX Trustee Wanda Adams partnered with the HISD Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department to host the event, which was sponsored by Kroger. “As the trustee of the district, I want to make sure all parents get the same opportunity to hear and get resources concerning education,” she said.

Emmy award-winning newscaster Raul Peimbert from Univision news gave the keynote address on the importance of education, and District VIII Trustee Juliet Stipeche hosted a panel on “Planning Your Child’s Path to Success.”

Parents were also invited to participate in one of four workshops on literacy, advocacy, financial aid, or bilingual education. “We know that students whose parents are involved have greater GPA’s, greater graduation rates, and better college and career readiness,” said FACE Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jorge Arredondo. District III Trustee Manuel Rodriguez was also in attendance to support the event.

For upcoming parent events, including the District II Parent Leaders Summit on May 16, please visit HISD’s Family Learning Academy webpage.