SCUSD honors 219 at Parent Recognition Celebration

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Family members and guests cheered as 219 SCUSD Parent Honorees were celebrated at the fourth annual Parent Recognition Celebration on May 22 at the Serna Center.

Parents from 20 schools received certificates of recognition for their completion of the SCUSD Parents as Partners in Schools program, a nine-week workshop series developed by the SCUSD Office of School, Family and Community Partnerships through a grant from Target Foundation.

Parent participants in the SCUSD/La Familia partnership workshop, Positive Parenting of Teens, were also honored.

The standing-room-only ceremony began with an impressive Presentation of Colors by the C.K. McClatchy High School Air Force Junior ROTC. Honored guest speakers included Interim Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi; SCUSD Board of Education Second Vice-President Christina Pritchett; Dr. Mary Alvarez Jett, principal of Edward Kemble Elementary School; and Parent Participant Representatives Otis Cross and Maria Medina.

Honored attendees included SCUSD Board Vice President Darrel Woo and Area Assistant  Superintendents Mary Hardin Young and Doug Huscher.

Dr. Noguchi thanked the honorees for their dedication to the program and their commitment to improving student achievement. Pritchett encouraged parents to continue their journey of engagement with the school district and Dr. Alvarez Jett added that parent engagement in education is like “the icing on the cupcake; it makes it special and oh, so sweet.”

Both parent speakers noted the impacts that the program had on their relationships with their school sites. Medina stated, “I have gained so much confidence with these workshops. When I walk into a room now, I think ‘I can!’ Cross thanked the district for providing parent trainings and said, “I really like these workshops. I think you have ignited a spark.” He plans to use the skills learned in his new role as PTA President next year.

Following the ceremony, a dessert reception was held for the honorees and their guests.