Parenting workshop Saturday |

Parenting workshop Saturday

Teri Vance

In these economic times, parents are faced with much uncertainty. But there is one way to assure a better future, say organizers of a parenting workshop offered this weekend.

“The role of parents and caregivers is critical to a better way of life,” said Ian Hill. “We need to help parents be a little bit better than they were yesterday.”

The Parent-Teacher Organization at Seeliger Elementary School organized a series of workshops last year called Parent University.

The day was so successful, said Hill, a father to Seeliger students, that it is growing to a district-wide event this year sponsored by Partnership Carson City, the Carson City School District, the Carson City Sheriff’s Department and Seeliger PTO.

“Parent University provides parents, caregivers, and anyone who is important in the life of a child the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills to assist them in that critical role,” Kathlyn Bartosz of Partnership Carson City said in a press release. “I can guarantee that anyone who sets aside the three hours to participate in the Parent University will be incredibly glad they did.”

The two half-day sessions Saturday at Carson High School are filled with speakers and workshops ranging from effective disciplinary techniques to building a strong marriage and combating childhood obesity.

“It’s a holistic offering of everything an adult needs to be successful in the challenging environment we live in,” Hill said. “I think it’s going to be a pretty special day.”

It is free to all caregivers, but will serve as a fundraiser for the individual schools. For each parent who attends, $10 will be donated to their child’s school, up to $750 per school.

An anonymous donor will give an additional $500 to the school that raises the most money.

“It could be a $1,250 fundraiser for a school, which is great,” Hill said.

Hill, who helped organize the event through Seeliger’s PTO, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Other speakers include Mayor Bob Crowell, Supervisor Molly Walt, Judge John Tatro and Western Nevada College’s Connie Capurro.

All contributors have donated their time.

“Nothing like this has been done before,” Hill said. “It’s amazing. It speaks to the undying spirit of people coming together to build a better community.”