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Danbury's Rogers Park Middle School Hosting Family University

Rogers Park Middle School will host Family University.
Rogers Park Middle School will host Family University. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. – Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury will host a Family University conference titled “Great Expectations: Together, We Can Achieve More.”

The conference will be on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rogers Park Middle School, 21 Memorial Drive in Danbury.

Family University is a half-day of interactive seminars, which aim to give parents the tools they need to help their children succeed. The event is sponsored by Danbury Public Schools, Danbury Board of Education, Mill Ridge and Morris St. Family Resource Centers, Danbury Family Learning Center Inc. and Sodexo/Danbury School Lunch as well as community supporters Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith, United Alarm and Winter Bros.

A keynote speech featuring Mark Barden, advocacy director at Sandy Hook Promise in Newtown, will be titled "No One Eats Alone - 15 Ways to Help End Social Isolation In Our Community." Barden's son, Daniel, was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook. "No One Eats Alone" combats social isolation by ensuring every child has someone to sit with or play with.

Morning sessions offered include:

  • Common Core Standards-Math Grade K-2, where parents can explore different approaches to addition and subtraction;
  • From the book "Mind in the Making," where you can learn the seven essential skills that every child needs;
  • Helping your Child get ready for Kindergarten, where you can learn about what the first few days are like and how to prepare your child for kindergarten;
  • and much more.

Afternoon sessions include:

  • How to Raise Kids who Talk, where you can learn how to change your relationships and develop better communication;
  • Family Food Shopping on a Budget, which will help participants read labels, purchase more food value for every dollar and more;
  • End Drunk Driving, an educational and informative talk on the stories and consequences of distracted driving;
  • and much more.

Morning sessions are from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and afternoon sessions are from 12:45 until 2 p.m. Activities for children under three will be available, including arts and crafts, music and movement and more. During lunch, demonstrations will be presented.

To see a full list of the courses that are offered and to register, visit this website . Registration must be completed by March 20.

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