More than 40 families of kindergarten students gathered at Chestnut Street School for the fourth annual Parent University on Jan. 27. Principal Faith Tripp worked together with a team of volunteer teachers and community members to execute the evening of workshops for parents and students.
Parents were divided into small group workshops revolving around basic literacy and mathematical concepts expected for kindergarten readiness. Both English and Spanish sessions were available for parents to attend. Two representatives from the West Hempstead Public Library, Pia Ramirez and Kerry Nugent, were also in attendance to talk about programs available at the library for the community.
Meanwhile, kindergarten students created magnets with Annalee Ickowics from the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Fund. West Hempstead students from the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and the Key Club assisted with the activity as well.
The students rejoined their parents to engage in some of the skills they learned, including math card games and interactive reading. Parents were provided with a take-home folder of resources to model the practices in their homes.
“Parent University continues to grow each year,” said Principal Faith Tripp. “I am grateful for the parents, teachers and community members who work together to ensure our students are engaged in activities that promote their success.”