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Parent expo to highlight education, collaboration
by Nneka Okona
July 18, 2013 01:11 PM | 2439 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Emily Bigby, AmeriCorps VISTA Youth Success Strategies Site Coordinator and Shane Persaud, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Henry County...
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Emily Bigby, AmeriCorps VISTA Youth Success Strategies Site Coordinator and Shane Persaud, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Henry County...
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Communities in Schools for Henry County will host a parent expo on July 27 at Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road in McDonough, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

The expo will feature booths from local nonprofits, schools and businesses such as Henry County Schools, Commissioner Bruce Holmes’ Youth Program, Connecting Henry Inc. and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Ice cream, inflatables, face painting and a school supply giveaway will also be a part of the event.

Shane Persaud, executive director of Communities in Schools of Henry County, said this is the second year the expo will be held.

“Last year’s event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway where we were able to give away 3,000 backpacks to Henry County students,” he said.

Persaud said although the location for this year’s event is different, the mission remains the same.

“Similar to last year’s event, the main goals for holding the event are community outreach, increase of parental engagement and promotion of community partnerships,” he said.

From within the school system, Persaud said representatives from all nine Henry County school clusters will be present at the expo to disseminate information about volunteer opportunities, parent-geared events and other activities at their child’s respective school for the 2013-14 school year.

Connecting Henry, one of the local nonprofits participating in the event, shares the commitment of outreach, parental engagement and community partnerships, according to Director Daryl Dotschay.

“I think the value for us and the reason why we’re involved is it is a good opportunity to get parents engaged and connected with schools before the school year starts,” he said. “We want them to get connected to their community.”

Persaud agreed.

“It does take a village to raise a child,” he said. “By showing parents ways that they can become involved in their children’s education and allowing the community to become better interweaved with the process, it will translate to higher graduation rates in our community.”
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