Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012

Lakeview Middle School’s Escuela de Padres Recognized by SC Hispanic Chamber of CommerceA very successful parenting program for Lakeview Middle Hispanic families, Escuela de Padres, has earned statewide recognition from the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  The program earned the Community Involvement Award 2012 for its impact on the Hispanic families served by Lakeview Middle School.

Escuela de Padres began three years ago by Lakeview Middle teacher Mauricio Molina and Parenting/Family Literacy aide Lillie Duncan to help Hispanic parents understand their children’s needs and to become more involved in their children’s education by educating them on the tools and resources available through the school and school district. A secondary goal is to connect families with resources from agencies and organizations in their community.  It is the only program of its kind for Hispanic parents in Greenville County Schools.

Representatives from more than 14 agencies have been invited into the school to talk to parents about their services. Agencies include Shriner’s Hospital, Social Security Administration, Free Clinic, Department of Mental Health, America Red Cross, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Furman University, Greenville Police Department, Center for Community Services, Cafe Cultura, DSS, and La Nación Hispana newspaper.

Throughout the year, parents are also invited to participate in workshops on student-led conferences, attendance requirements, MAP testing, Title 1 Services, Parent Portal, and many other topics.

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