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CoperniKids Reaches Out to the Community

UCR’ s Graduate School of Education Provides Free Workshop for Parents on Jan. 26

The CoperniKids’ Families for Success free workshop series brings parents, guardians and caretakers in the loop with information and resources for students interested in mathematics and science.

(January 21, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The Copernicus Project, an outreach program of UCR’s Graduate School of Education, is taking one of its shows on the road. It’s newly launched family education initiative; CoperniKids’ Families for Success free bi-monthly workshops begin Monday, Jan. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the César Chávez Community Center-Main Auditorium, located at 2060 University Ave., Riverside.

The purpose of the program is to empower families from the Inland region with the resources and knowledge to support students on the road to college, as well as offer opportunities for students interested in engineering, science and mathematics. Upcoming sessions providing resources on these subjects are scheduled for Monday evenings on Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9, March 23, April 27, May 11 and June 1.

“The attendance during our on-campus events has grown significantly over the past few years and we realized we needed to take our show on the road to reach more people,” said Kenisha Williams, community liaison with The Copernicus Project. “Though the Inland Empire is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, we continue to have one of the lowest college-going rates. By empowering parents and caretakers, they can better support the needs of their children. Thus, we will reinforce the importance of community and learning outside the classroom to prepare students for college.”

The Jan. 26 session will include college admission information, a hands-on science activity, a question-and-answer session with a panel of experts, resources for student homework assistance and much more. Although each session will cover different topics, parents and families are not required to attend all but are encouraged to attend any session that is convenient for them.

“Because we are having hands-on science activities, the whole family is invited to participate,” Williams said. “Pre-registration is available, but attendees can register when they arrive, so hopefully we have made it easy and welcoming.”

The first session will include orientation and introduction to the program as well as college information on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Included in other sessions are topics such as how to search on the Internet for reliable education resources, how to build a strong relationship with teachers and what kinds of courses students should take to best prepare them for college.

CoperniKids also plans to offer a student day camp during the week of spring break for the Riverside Unified School District in early April.

To register or for additional information on CoperniKids or the Copernicus Project, please call (951) 827-5996.

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