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About 750 parents attend Road Map Project forum at Foster High
About 750 parents and hundreds of children attended the first Road Map Region Parent Forum on Saturday at Foster High School for a day of workshops, inspirational speakers and an interactive Resource Fair.
This first-of-its-kind regional event was designed to give parents the information they need to help their children do well in school – from cradle to college and career.
The Parent Forum was hosted by the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort to dramatically improve student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle.
Road Map Project partners, including nonprofit organizations, public health and housing agencies, school districts and parents, collaborated and co-designed the forum to address needs identified by parents.
“Parents are a child’s first teacher. Parents are key to student success. Parents want to be involved with the schools as a valued partner. We need to talk less and listen more to the people closest to the children,” said featured speaker Norman B. Rice, president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation, during the forum’s opening assembly.
Other speakers included Highline Public Schools parent Patricia Gonzalez, Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton and Tukwila School Board President Mark Wahlstrom.
Efforts were made to remove barriers that would prevent parents from attending the forum – attendees had access to simultaneous translation, child care, transportation and food from different cultures.
The event’s workshops spanned many topics, including the exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with Radio Disney, understanding the school system, understanding the importance of early learning, preparing for college and advocating for children with special needs. Parents were also given the opportunity to connect with school district leadership in discussion sessions.
Throughout the day, parents and children explored the Resource Fair, which gave parents access to practical resources, including dental screenings and job training, in addition to the opportunity to talk with incredible experts in many fields, such as brain development and robotics.
Parents also had a chance to win great prizes, such as a Microsoft Surface, Target gift cards, passes to family attractions, as well as iPad Minis from Radio Disney.