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Monticello families invited to attend second annual Parent University barbecue

Sept. 9, 2015

Monticello Central School District will host its second annual “welcome-back” barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11a.m-1p.m. at De Hoyos Memorial Park in Monticello to spread the word about EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) and Parent University, a district-wide program designed to enhance student achievement through family and community support.

All Monticello students and their families are invited to attend.

Monticello Central School District launched Parent University last fall as a way to further engage and empower parents as strong leaders in their children’s education. Parent University hosts workshops that are aimed at helping parents support their children in school and learn about community resources that might be of interest.

“Parent University is based upon the belief that students achieve more when loved ones are involved in their education, and the program is committed to providing engaging and accessible education by strengthening the partnership between home, school and community,” Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus said.

"Parent University offers parents and family members programs that will complement their existing skills and provide opportunities for additional growth to positively contribute to children’s success," said Jane Sorensen, who serves as the EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Program Director for the district’s elementary and middle schools.

The program provides information, connections to community resources and parent development activities. All of the course offerings and events will be free of charge.

Sorensen feels very optimistic about Parent University.

“It’s important that families have the knowledge, tools and resources they need to support their children through school and life,” she said. “Parent University is just one way that Monticello Central School District reaches out to parents and families to provide that support.”

Since parking space is limited at the park, a bus shuttle will be available for all attendees. The shuttle will depart from the middle and high school every 20 minutes beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Families can learn more about Parent University at the Sept. 26 barbecue at De Hoyos Memorial Park, which is located on Hay Street in Monticello. The RSVP deadline is Sept. 24. RSVP forms are available here.

To stay up to date on the latest programs and workshops offered through Parent University contact (845) 794-8830 or e-mail or