EPISD’s Parent & Child Learning Series Provides Learning, Fun Opportunities for Summer

El Paso ISD’s Parent and Child Learning Series is back this summer to help give students fun things to do while they’re on break.

The Family Engagement department launched the learning series last year, teaming up with several EPISD schools and public libraries to offer the program to the El Paso community. The program started last week and runs through June 28

“We are providing an opportunity for parents to get more involved with their children,” Zavala PEL Edna Herrera said. “We have a lesson plan we follow for the program that incorporates reading and a fun activity they can do together.”

Classes are offered at Zavala Elementary and Guillen Middle schools, as well as the Memorial and Dorris Van Doren branches of the El Paso Public Library system.

Parent Maria Chacon likes doing hands-on activities with her two children Caleb and Melody. They have already attended two of the learning sessions at Zavala.

“I think it’s a really good idea,” she said. “During the activity yesterday, I learned a lot about my kids that I didn’t know. Sometimes at home we don’t have time, so it’s been great being able to do stuff like this with them.”

Caleb is enjoying his time with his family before he starts sixth-grade at Henderson in the fall.

“I like that we are together,” he said. “It’s fun to read with my mom and sister. Sports books are my favorite.”

At the Memorial Public Library, the lesson plan includes a nutrition lesson, courtesy of Common Threads – a nationwide organization that teaches families the importance of creating healthful meals through its Cooking for Life program.

Program coordinator Linda Flores showed families the difference between go, slow and woe foods.

“We are doing our Small Bites program, which is our nutrition education for pre-k to eighth-grade students,” Flores said. “We start with some hands-on activity related to nutrition, and then we go ahead and have them make their own healthy snack.”

The Parent and Child Learning series will continue until the end of the month.  For more information, call the Family Engagement Department at 915-239-2553.

Check out the schedule below for dates and locations:

Zavala Elementary School

Tuesdays through Thursdays

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Guillen Middle School annex

Tuesdays through Thursdays

9 – 11 a.m.

Memorial Public Library

Tuesdays through Thursdays

12 – 2 p.m.

Dorris Van Doren Public Library

Mondays through Wednesdays

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Story by Alicia Chumley  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – El Paso ISD