Wake County schools will host its first Parent Academy Back-to-School Kick Off on Saturday.
The event aims to strengthen the connection between families and schools and empower parents to be more involved in their children's education, a press release says.
The event includes a series of workshops for parents while children ages 4 to 13 participate in free educational activities. Workshop topics include kindergarten readiness, elementary literacy, common core state standards, understanding special education, transitioning to middle and high school, and preparing for college.
A free continental breakfast will be provided. The first 100 parents will receive a free reusable Harris Teeter shopping bag. The first 100 children accompanied by an adult will get a coupon for a free kids meal at Chili's.
The kick off is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at Millbrook Magnet High School, 2201 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh. Workshops will be offered in English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, French and Korean.
Participants also will be able to learn more about a variety of Wake programs and resources including the magnet program, special education, counseling and student services, academically and intellectually gifted education and more.