PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson Public Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement continued their “Parent University” program at Eastside High School on Saturday.  

Coordinated by Paterson Schools’ Director of Family and Community Engagement Kemper McDowell, “Parent University” is a district-wide parent educational program that is designed to teach and expose parents & stakeholders to the tools needed to support their children through their educational journey.  

Saturday’s sessions at Eastside High School: “Raising Boys to Become Warriors”, “Raising Girls (is a little hard)”, and “Health and Nutrition”, offered insights into the challenges that come with parenting, including in healthy eating and exercise, and tips for overcoming them in constructive ways and were facilitated by well-known local youth advocates Imani, Chief Al Moody and Della Mccall-Fischer.

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Paterson Board of Education Commissioner Kenneth Simmons, joined by his board colleague Joel Ramirez, helped kick off the workshop by expressing the important role his mother played in his own education saying that without he “wouldn’t be where he is today,” without it. It is his own educational experience, he offered, that helped illustrate firsthand that parental involvement is key to student’s success.

The next “Parent University” workshops will be held on Saturday, April 21, at Dr. Frank Napier School of Technology and cover safety topics such as active school shooters and gang awareness, as well as early childhood and special education.