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Parent University celebrates first graduating class

Graduate receives certificate from program facilitator           Elkins counselor presents graduate with certificate           Graduate receives certificate and hug from program facilitator

Parents from Elkins Elementary and Northbrook Elementary are the first to graduate from Parent University, a 13-week program that helps parents raise healthy, caring, and responsible children. Based on the book "Raising Highly Capable Kids" by Randy Southern, the evidence-based program explores the 40 developmental assets or building blocks that every child needs to grow and mature.

The program came to EMS ISD through a grant written by Christina Bosko, third grade teacher at Northbrook Elementary. Bosko was inspired after meeting with a principal who introduced the program in Fort Worth ISD and wanted to build that same sense of community right here in EMS ISD.

Each week of the program includes exploration of the 40 traits for growing and preparing children to be successful in all aspects of education and life. The group prides itself on a non-judgmental environment where parents can lift up concerns, address baggage, but most importantly focus on doing what's best for kids.

This first group of graduates will now go on to be trainers in the next session which begins February 5. There will be an information meeting at Northbrook Elementary on January 16 at 5:30 pm for any parents who are interested in the next session.

Congratulations to the graduates of EMS ISD's first Parent University!

Husband and wife graduates pose with certificates in cap and gown           Graduate poses with certificate in cap and gown with flower in mouth

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