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Heber School hosts inaugural parent fair

March 23, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

HEBER — About 200 parents, and as many children, converged on the Heber School campus Thursday to attend the school's inaugural parent fair.

Parents could attend up to four of the 12 sessions available, presented in both English and Spanish.

Free child care was provided for parents and a free dinner was served.

"It wouldn't have worked if we hadn't had volunteers," said Deborah Harrold, coordinator of Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program, the organizer of the program.

Harrold praised the efforts of teachers, who offered presentations and volunteered to provide child care.

A popular presentation was a play presented by Elena Maciel's second-graders, who were raising awareness for the Heber Greenhouse Project.

"We are trying to drum up support for the Greenhouse Project," said Harrold. "Last night showed parents that there is going to be a project."

Harrold explained the students would use the greenhouse to grow different plants to learn about science, proper nutrition and even math.


"It could be incorporated in all areas of the curriculum," Harrold said.

She added, "Without parent support, extra things at school don't happen."

Other popular presentations were the behavioral-management courses, drug-awareness course, job-resource services, computer technology and a program on learning to read.

"The parents really liked that they could come and go and choose what they wanted to go to," said Harrold.

She added that ROP school-to-career program will have another parent fair in May at Mains Elementary in Calexico.

The parent fair is open to the community. For more information or to register for the next parent fair, contact Harrold at 312-2418.

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