Parents of Springfield Public School students had the chance to take some classes of their own on Saturday.
The Springfield Parent Academy hosted Working Together for a Stronger Springfield at the Chestnut Accelerated Middle School.
The event featured a presentation on bullying prevention and intervention, but also allowed parents to take part in workshops discussing self-esteem, internet and social media safety and how to talk so others will listen.
Organizers say the more involved parents get in their child's education, the better it is for the student.
"All of the research has shown us that student achievement is sparked by parental involvement," said Bill Fiore, community outreach administrator for Springfield Public Schools. "The more the parents are involved, the better off the kids are going to be, so this is an effort to involve parents and not only involve them but give them information that they want, that they find valuable to help their child in school."
Saturday's event was free of charge for parents.
There was also free on-site childcare provided by the YMCA of Greater Springfield for those who had to bring the little ones along.
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