PHARR – The PSJA ISD Parental Engagement Program leadership recently surprised families with graduating seniors with gift baskets, announced the district in a press release.

According to Norma Garza, PSJA Family & Community Engagement Director, the district decided to recognize over 25 highly involved parent volunteers with graduating children as a small token of appreciation for supporting their children’s education and their ongoing commitment to life-long learning.

District Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo applauded the efforts. He encouraged more parents to join the district’s Parent Engagement Initiatives, which include continuing adult education classes in ESL, GED, Citizenship, Nutrition Arts & Crafts, Welding, Auto Mechanics and even Security Guard Certifications through partnerships with South Texas College and the Region One Education Service Center.

“Parents are our students’ first teachers and they play such an integral part in their success. We congratulate this year’s graduating seniors and thank their parents for joining us on our mission to educate our future leaders.”

Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo, PSJA ISD Superintendent

Through the district’s nationally recognized parent program, each year over 6,000 PSJA ISD parents participate in free classes in any of the eight Parent/Community Education Centers throughout the tri-city area.

To participate in the free parent classes, individuals must be parents of PSJA ISD students and volunteer a minimum of 10 hours at their child’s campus each semester.

The department continues serving parents during the pandemic closures by offering virtual classes ranging from cake decorating, sewing, and haircuts for parents, said the press release.

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