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.
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.
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.”
Communities In Schools
Harris County Public Library
Houston Public Library
Lone Star College-North Harris
Neighborhood Centers Inc.
The Princeton Review
Texas A&M University
University of Texas at Austin
Congressman Gene Green
Neighborhood Centers Inc.
East Aldine Management District
Bill Ginder, Caldwell Companies
Aldine Education Foundation
Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care
Texas Children Health Plan
There is an advantage to attending the event early. The first 100 attendees to walk through the doors will receive free immunizations. To qualify, parents must bring their child’s immunization record with them. Students must meet state immunization requirements to start school. The Expo will also feature a comprehensive health fair. Aside from educational materials on health, free health screenings will also be available.
Aldine ISD families will have an opportunity to add to their home libraries. The expo will provide free books (while supplies last).
For more information, contact Abel Garza at (281) 985-6202. Garza is assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations.
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