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updated: 9/23/2011 11:49 AM

Wanted: minority parents for U-46 leadership program

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If you're a parent in Elgin Area School District U-46 and are looking for a way to get more involved with your child's education, the district has a few opportunities for you to consider.

The district seeks parent volunteers to participate in its new African American Parent Leadership Institute, as well as the Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute. Candidates for both groups must be interested in helping involve more Hispanic and African American parents in district and school activities.

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The leadership institutes will provide training with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of Hispanic and African American parents at all levels of U-46 from district advisory councils to student support and advocacy.

Both institutes meet one Saturday a month during the school year and will provide participants leadership skills such as running a meeting, speaking in public, marketing and team building. An annual stipend is offered and both programs are for two years.

An informational meeting on both programs will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in room 239 at the administrative offices, 355 E. Chicago Street, Elgin. For information, call Karen Fox at (847) 888-5000 ext. 5339 or Karla Guzman at (847) 888-5000 ext. 4211.

Reading pals: Volunteers are also needed for a reading program at three elementary schools in Cary Elementary District 26. The program is called PALS for READING.

The purpose of the program is to have a volunteer read to a small group of children once or twice a month. The students will be first- and second-graders. Volunteers are asked to read for 90 minutes once a month or for three hours twice a month. Volunteers will work with the same group of children each time.

For more information contact, current District 26 board member Floyd Myers at fmyers@distrct26.or or Joann Jazak at jjazak@cary26.k12.il.us.

Run for the Bear: If you are looking for some motivation on your run next weekend, why not participate in the 17th annual Run for the Bear 5K run/walk and 10K run to support the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation?

The foundation is named after former Eastview Elementary School student Barrett "Bear" Krupa.

The race on Sunday, Oct. 2, starts at 8 a.m. at Eastview Elementary School in Algonquin with registration from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Early registration is also available at active.com/donate/runforthebear2011. Register early to save $5 on adult signups.

For information, go to bearnecessities.org.

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