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New parent center a success

A group of parents helped pack the Sunnyside School Board meeting yesterday (Thursday) to help emphasize the success of the district's newly opened Family Engagement Center. The center's director, Darena Ah Quin, thanked the board for all their help in obtaining the center.

"We really appreciate the things you guys have done in the last couple of years," she said.

Ah Quin revealed that the center had been a success and in the last month alone they had received 184 phone calls and seen 50 people come in to use their computers.

Also, the Family Engagement Center has really given parents a place to feel comfortable, to ask questions and to learn, Ah Quin revealed.

Since the center's opening, they have had 50 people come in to use the building's Rosetta Stone programs in to learn or better their English. Even more impactful was the fact that 10 people had recently graduated from the citizenship classes being held at the center. Another citizenship class is expected to begin in February.

The Parent Taskforce has also been maintaining a monthly radio show on KDNA 91.9 F.M. from 4-5 p.m. every third Thursday in the month.

Their next show is scheduled for Feb. 18 with guest speakers from Sunnyside High School. Listeners can expect to hear from an administrator, a teacher, a coach and a parent involved with school. Occasionally, a student may join the conversation. The high school show will focus on credits and senior projects.

Finally, Ah Quin revealed that in 2006, 96 parents were attending Parent Advisory Committee meetings at the schools. Their numbers for the 2010-11 school year have reached over 700 parents.

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