On Saturday, April 8, Wanda Adams, HISD Board of Education President and District IX Trustee, held a parent summit to provide Hispanic families with access to information and resources to help support their students’ academic achievement.
Adams kicked off the event, addressing attendees in Spanish and sharing that “the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents, so it’s good to see so many of you here today because it’s a sign of how successful your kids – our students – will be.”
That message was also echoed by Dr. Adriana Tamez, Houston Community College Trustee for District III, who emphasized “the critical importance of being informed, partnering with teachers, and attending events like the Hispanic Parent Summit will benefit our kids’ futures.”
HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza was also in attendance and reminded parents that, while it is widely known that parents need to be involved, his goal is for them to be empowered. Carranza added that “empowerment requires action, and we need you to continue leveraging all opportunities to be empowered.”
Raúl Peimbert, news anchor for Univision, inspired the crowd during his keynote address, conveying how passion, discipline, community involvement, and quality education contributes to personal success. Afterwards, Janel García reporter for Univision and a Lamar High School alumna, acted as moderator of the parent panel in which parents had an opportunity to interact with experts on how they can be a stronger influence in their child’s education. They also participated in a variety of workshops and a resource fair.