Parent University seeking participants for health class
by Mark Andrews
Sep 20, 2013 | 1002 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Parent University will host a free fitness and health class for parents and children along with a resource fair on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kathi White, CPU facilitator and courses coordinator, said the CPU is looking for community resource organizations as well as a health expert to participate in the event.

“During the program, we’re going to have a resource fair ... where we want parents to know about the resources we have in the community,” White said. “We’re looking for organizations who would like to set up a table and put their information out there.

“We want organizations that can help them with their children in one form or another because we want to be a liaison for parents for the resources in the community.”

The fitness and health class will include the topics “Healthy Kids,” “Catch the Dream,” “Headache-free Homework” and “Understanding and Using Power School” — an online school resource to monitor students’ grades.

White said the organization, which began this school year and has held two classes thus far, is hoping to see the number of parents who attend the CPU grow in the upcoming months. The classes are built on the overall topics of empowering parents as leaders, teachers, learners and advocates.

“We’re excited about [the CPU] because it is different and it’s a way of providing more educational opportunities for parents to find out what their kids are learning at school and to find out ways to help their children academically and also ways to enhance that parent-teacher relationship,” White said. “... [Facilitators are] learning as we go along, but the possibilities are endless and we’re really excited about that.

Registration is encouraged for the CPU, but parents aren’t obligated to attend all classes.

“The reason we want [parents] to register is because if you take eight classes this school year, then we will award certificates during a program at the end of the spring session,” White said.

To register for the CPU’s free classes and for more information, visit www.cartersville.k12.ga.us. For inquiries regarding the fitness class and resource fair, contact White, kwhite@cartersville.k12.ga.us, or 470-315-0520.