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Overton’s Parent Coffee Hour is a hit

Overton Elementary School’s Parent Coffee Hour is growing in popularity in its second year.

School counselor Rosemary Wood and Communities in Schools student support specialist Fran Lescoe work as a team to offer the monthly meeting to provide parent support, enhance academic success and build a greater sense of community.

Many come early to enjoy breakfast refreshments provided by a local church and have a quiet meal with their student before the meeting begins. Monthly topics are chosen based on parent input and are led by guest speakers including Overton staff members and community leaders.

Some topics this year have included positive parenting, bullying prevention, tech apps in the classroom, stress in children, and helping children learn responsibility for their learning and behavior.

In February, guest speakers Pastor Timothy Bates from Man-Up Monday and Brooklynne Witherspoon from A Bridge 4 Kidz led a presentation about accepting differences in others.

People who attend have an opportunity to win a $25 gift card.

Jennifer Wertenbaker, who has perfect attendance at the Parent Coffee Hour since the program began in fall 2017, says she appreciates the opportunity to meet other parents and learn about ways to support her child’s progress at school.

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