A ceremony will be held today at Las Vegas Academy’s Lowden Theater to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 120 parents and caregivers who successfully completed The Public Education Foundation’s Family Learning Program.
Scheduled speakers at the ceremony include School Board President Deanna L. Wright; Clark County School District’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Mike Barton; Dr. Lisa Morris-Hibbler, Director of the City of Las Vegas’ Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation; Stavan Corbett, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Public Education Foundation; and elementary school principals and parents who have participated in the Foundation’s Family Learning Program.
The comprehensive 32-week multigenerational program enables many of our culturally diverse families to become meaningfully engaged in their children’s learning at home and in school. With a focus on English, academics and family engagement in education, participants also learn employability and leadership skills through family service learning.
Some of the family service learning projects included painting a mural about diversity at a school, organizing a food drive to help other parents, putting together a career fair, coordinating a drive to provide supplies for teachers, and volunteering at Three Square.
The Foundation’s Family Learning Program has grown in the 10 years of its existence to now serve 11 elementary schools: Crestwood, Paul Culley, Howard Hollingsworth, Matt Kelly, J.T. McWilliams, Paradise, Dean Petersen, Sunrise Acres, Gene Ward, Tom Williams and Wendell Williams.
The Public Education Foundation’s Family Learning Program is supported by many partners and donors, including Clark County School District, Engelstad Family Foundation, Toyota Family Learning, National Center for Families Learning, the City of Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada, Bank of America, City of North Las Vegas, and Albertsons.