Parent University: A Literacy Feast

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 3/18/2019 10:00:00 PM

Peoria Public Schools will host its final Parent University of the school year on Thursday, March 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peoria Public Library Main branch.  Parent University gives parents and students the chance to visit Peoria-area cultural and recreational venues together and participate in workshops to enhance student achievement and family well-being. 


This month’s event, entitled Literacy Feast, will be an evening of family engagement featuring presentations by community partners as well as reading and writing workshops by favorite children’s authors and storytellers. 


Families can take buses beginning at 4:45 from Trewyn School, Manual Academy, Peoria High School, Glen Oak Community Learning Center and Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC).  We will be providing a free dinner featuring walking tacos and winning healthy Tex-Mex recipes from our recent Future Chef competition.


Families will rotate through a series of presentations including:

  • Erin’s Law by Starshe Richards of The Center for Prevention of Abuse
  • Wraparound Center by Derrick Booth, PPS Director of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Newly introduced Crisis Go app by PPS Public Safety Director DeMario Boone
  • AlignPeoria’s Literacy Committee focus on helping students read by the third grade by Executive Director of Primary Schools, Dr. Nicole Wood
  • Peoria Public Schools Online Academy by Director of Innovation, Dr. Susan Grzanich
  • Snack-A-Demics, by Sodexo and Future Chefs

Families and students also can participate in reading and writing workshops featuring these authors from around the state:

  • Natalie Rompella (for students in PreK through grade 2)
  • Sarah Aronson (for students in grades 3 through 7)
  • Bradley James Webber (for students in grades 3 through 5)
  • Alexandria LaFaye (for children in grades 6 through 8)

To top it off, guests can see Expressive Voices, an exhibit of artwork by PPS students in the art gallery, enjoy musical entertainment by Peoria High School Preparatory School for the Arts (PSA) students, and students can have their photo taken with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dora the Explorer or Dr. Suess!


All students who attend the Parent University will receive a uniform-free pass for Friday, March 22. 


PPS families can make reservations for Parent University at


I hope to see many of our PPS families on Thursday, March 21.