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Free Presentations Conducted in English and Spanish Seek to Help Parents Learn How to Help Their Children Succeed in School

Union County Human Relations Commission
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Contact : Karen E. Positan, 908-889-9028;

Parents, guardians, and adult mentors of elementary and middle school-aged children who are interested in learning how they can “Help Your Child Succeed In School” are invited to attend a free educational presentation, 6:30-8:15 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Avenue in Plainfield.

Parents can decide when they pre-register whether to take part in the highly interactive presentation in English or Spanish. Union County Division of Youth Services instructor Jennifer Scott will conduct the English presentation, while Tonya Mustipher will present in Spanish. Both workshops will be presented in the school cafeteria.

“There are so many aspects that need to be considered for a student to succeed in school,” said Jo Ann Hamilton, Co-Chair of the Union County Human Relations Commission (UCHRC), the program sponsor, who recently retired from a long career in education. “Relationships with peers, study habits, homework, and communication with teachers and their school, as well as between parents and their children, are important, but there are so many other facets as well.”

“Parents who have attended previous iterations of this presentation have said they have greatly benefitted from the interactive dialogue created within an open forum in which they can speak honestly, ask questions, and get answers about dealing with specific issues,” added UCHRC co-chair Mark Spivey, Director of Communications for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

The presenters will identify issues, strategies, and resources to help parents improve their children’s well-being and academic performance. The program, sponsored by the Union County Human Relations Commission, will be kicked off by UCHRC Commissioners Alfred Brown, a Plainfield resident and Reverend of Cranford Baptist Church, and Esmeralda Vargas. 

The program is being co-sponsored by the Office of the Union County Superintendent of Schools, the Union County Division of Youth Services, and Plainfield Public Schools.

Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available, and the facility is wheelchair-accessible.

Pre-registration for this free program is required. Register online at  

For more information, please call 908-889-9028 or email