Oregon school district program aims to make better parents

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Saturday, March 15, 2014 --- 6:05 p.m.

Normally the classrooms at Rome Corners Intermediate School in Oregon are filled with kids.

This morning, though, they brought in a different crowd -- parents.

"Parent University" is a program geared to teaching parents how to be better at raising their kids.

"We're talking to parents on how to be a better parent," said Zorba Paster, who was the keynote speaker at the event.

Paster is also a physician with Dean Family Medicine and a father of multiple children.

"It's a way of sharing information and making you a better parent," he explained.

There were multiple classrooms with multiple lessons, anything from learning how to prevent sports injuries to raising awareness and knowledge about bullying.

Dave Brynelson attended the program. He has a son who is a sophomore in High School.

"I'm a concerned parent who wants to take advantage of the resources that are here," Brynelson said.

He said he's learned a lot.

"It's been very beneficial," he said, adding that there are a lot of things parents aren't aware of that can do to make the best use of time in school.

Brynelson explained said that, "we only get once chance to raise our kids and they're going to be gone before we know it."

The program was free for parents with kids of all ages and is an annual event. The lessons were videotaped and can be found on the Oregon School District's website.

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