August is around the corner, which means summer vacation is almost over. A new event this year will help families prepare for the new school year, which starts Aug. 22.
The Aldine Independent School District is hosting its first annual Family Expo. This free event is open to families in Aldine ISD with children in prekindergarten to high school.
The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 6 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center (1865 Aldine Bender Rd.) from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is a partnership between U.S. Congressman Gene Green and Neighborhood Centers Inc.
A Back to School State of Mind
Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg hopes to see Aldine parents and students in attendance.
“The Family Expo will provide parents with all kinds of valuable information,” said Bamberg. “Organizers have been working to develop a wonderful event for families.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to talk to people about a wide variety of resources. Parents can get oriented about a lot of programs for children. These programs and services promote academic success and prepare students for college and career.”
The expo will offer workshops about increasing literacy skills and college readiness programs. Families can also learn about the district’s magnet schools and International Baccalaureate programs. Other topics covered include dyslexia services, special education support and student behavior.
Dr. Jinneh Dyson is the guest speaker. She will discuss strategies to motivate and inspire students to succeed in school. Dyson will also talk about the importance of attitude and perseverance. A change in mindset will help students reach their dreams. She is author of Think Your Way Up: 21 Mental Habits of High Performance People.
Resources for Families
The Family Expo showcases family resources, service providers, community-based organizations and other local agencies. Educational workshops will focus on literacy, career programs, and college admission test preparation.
Several workshops will address financial responsibility and awareness and health issues that affect families. Other exhibitors will provide employment services and much more. The goal is to increase community education and involvement.
Congressman Gene Green is one of the Expo’s sponsors. Many in the community are familiar with Green’s immunization health fairs.
“Parents and legal guardians are the strongest advocates for their children’s health and education,” said Green. “They are often looking for the resources to do more. For that reason we host community events like this Expo. We want to connect families to community service providers as well as health and educational resources.”