In April, Aspire hosted a community summit at the East Toledo Family Center to gather information from parents and caregivers in the Waite community about high school participation and attendance. Some 100 people attended the event, participating in facilitated round table discussions. Aspire Board Chairman Denny Johnson attended the event, as did volunteers from multiple partner agencies.
The YWCA Youth Development Programs, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Adelante, Mercy St. Vincent’s Healthy Connections Program, ABLE, and the Toledo Federation of Teachers all were on hand offering information on their support programs.
Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools and Aspire Board Member Romules Durant spoke to the group about the importance of education and the role of parents, highlighting the many new initiatives being introduced at Toledo Public Schools. A representative from America’s Promise Alliance gave a presentation on the GradNation campaign.
Strengthening Families parent partners led the café conversations discussing challenges, as well as what student success looks like for parents.
Parents surveyed after the event said it was informative and interesting; that it gave them hope and inspiration and that they appreciated the support.
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