Parents recognized

April 29, 2016
Santa Paula News

A total of 44 parents who participated in the PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Program held at Grace Thille Elementary School were recognized. Over an 8 week period, parents attended evening classes to learn how to support their children through the educational process from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Parents learned about graduation requirements, the reclassification of English learners, how to be involved in their child’s education, and more. The guest speaker for the evening was community member Dr. Gabino Aguirre.  He spoke with parents about his own personal experience growing up as the child of immigrant parents and the importance of education. Dr. Aguirre encouraged parents to become more involved in the school and to have daily conversations with their children about what they learn in school every day. He also urged parents to set high standards and not talk about “if” their child will go to college, but to have conversations about “where” they are going to attend college. The vision and mission of PIQUE is to provide families with knowledge and skills to partner with schools and communities to ensure their children achieve their full potential. The nonprofit organization is also dedicated to achieving economic and social equality for all through education.

Above: (Far right) Grace Thille School Principal, Mary Doane, and Dr. Gabino Aguirre congratulate the parents who completed the PIQE Program.





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