April 29, 2014

Rock Hill High to host ‘Parent University’

Rock Hill High School will host community groups and other professionals to educate parents on a variety of topics related to their students.

Students aren’t the only ones who can learn a lot at school – at least that’s what the staff at Rock Hill High School is out to prove with their first ever “Parent University” event Thursday night.

Their goal is to provide as much information as possible in one place, and is part of a larger initiative to increase parent involvement in school life, assistant principal Emily McQuay said.

The evening, which is open to parents of students in any Rock Hill school, will include sessions on topics ranging from bullying to applying for college financial aid. Students, parents and teachers helped decide the topics.

“We try to have as many varied things as possible,” McQuay said.

Several community groups will conduct informational sessions, including Keystone Substance Abuse Services, the state Department of Juvenile Justice, Winthrop University, York Technical College and others.

Rock Hill High sent out letters in Spanish to Spanish-speaking parents, advising them of the event. York Tech, in particular, has lots of services, not just higher education-related, to offer students and families, McQuay said.

Parent University will feature nine sessions for parents to choose from, and each parent will be able to attend two sessions throughout the evening.

“It’s everything from how to talk to your kids about drugs to how to get a college scholarship,” McQuay said. “So we think our parents are going to be able to get a lot out of it.”

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