R-3 launches Parent U

Parent University

Some Lebanon parents will be returning to the classroom to train for what may be the most important job they will ever have.
The Lebanon R-3 School District is now offering Parent University classes for adults who need some help with parenting issues.
“It’s a free service that we’re offering to our parents and our community, and we hope they will be able to gain knowledge,” said Shalyn Howe, assistant principal at Joe D. Esther Elementary School.
Aleah Helton, federal programs administrative assistant for the Lebanon R-3 School District, said the goal is to provide parents with helpful information.
“We want to bridge that gap between school and home where communications sometimes fails and maybe parents aren’t always understanding the things that are happening at school, so we’re hoping to make that gap a little smaller,” Helton said.
The most popular courses so far are those involving health and nutrition and college preparation.
“The planning for college is our most popular course,” Helton said. “Math and reading strategies have also been very popular.”
Other class topics include behavior strategies, effective habits, Internet safety, preschool readiness, learning for gifted students and preparing for kindergarten.
Helton said the idea for the programs originated with a conference on federal program school staff members attended in August.

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