Parent University

Hundreds of parents packed into schools around Lowndes County on Saturday hoping to learn a lot about getting the most out of their child's school experience.

Andrea Hall has attended every Parent University event and said, "Other parents who have teens like me or children that face pressure from today's culture and society, it helps to come together, brainstorm and give ideas and find out I'm not the only one going through this."

Organizers say they've made some changes in this, the fourth year, to help all parents learn something new.

"This year we've expanded the kinds of classes we're offering, the age groups we're servicing, trying to get parents of children of all ages out," shared Jennifer Hattaway, Parent University co-chair.

The growth of this program is due much in part to the involvement of Moody Air Force Base, which co-sponsors this event. Airmen, who are also parents, say it makes sense for the Air Force to get involved.

"Even though we work on the Air Force base, we are members of this community, so to blend and work with members of the community is an awesome thing for both Moody and for the local community," said Airman Augustin Cruz.

With strong support from the community and Moody Air Force Base, Parent University organizers think the program will grow well into the future. The Parent University is free and organizers are already planning for next year's event.