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For Immediate Release: Sept. 11, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Learning starts at home: Education conference targets parents

A conference designed to help parents get more involved in their children’s education will be held Sept. 25-26 at the Ramkota in Rapid City. The event is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Education and the South Dakota Parent Information and Resource Network.

“Research shows that when parents are actively involved in their children’s education in positive ways, students do better,” said Dawn Smith, education program specialist for the Department of Education.

Smith says the event is designed to help parents find practical and effective ways to get involved in their schools, and specifically, in their child’s formal education. Topics include everything from bullying to early learning guidelines, and parent compacts to financial literacy for kids.

The conference is ideal for parents of elementary and secondary school students, as well as preschool-age children. It is free, but pre-registration is required.

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