Aspire would like to recognize our community partners who came out to support the Aspire East Toledo Parent Summit. The evening was a great success! Nearly 100 family members attended the event, which was sponsored by GradNation and AT&T.
Parents were welcomed by Aspire Board Chair Denny Johnson. Aspire Operation Team members Jane Moore, Chad Henderly and Libby Schoen served the families a wonderful meal. Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Romules Durant, who is also an Aspire Board Member, kicked off the night with remarks about many of the new programs being introduced throughout the school system. Madeleine Bien of America’s Promise Alliance, the organization behind the GradNation campaign, also addressed the group and talked about that organization’s drive to achieve a nation-wide graduation rate of 90 percent.
Aspire would also like to acknowledge several of our community partners who came out to provide support and information to families. The programs included, YWCA Youth Development Programs, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Adelante, Mercy St. Vincent’s Healthy Connections Program, ABLE, and the Toledo Federation of Teachers. The families appreciated the information provided by the Aspire partners.
The event could not have succeeded without the support of the Strengthening Families parent partners led by Marian Brannon, Strengthening Families Coordinator. The parent leaders led the café conversations, discussing what student success looks like for parents, as well as the challenges they face. We’d also like to thank the numerous Aspire Network members who worked with the parent leaders to capture the major themes from the café conversations. Gathering input from parents is an important part of Aspire’s work.
At the close of the event, parents were asked to share one word that captured the evening for them. Here are a few of the responses shared by parents: