Parents take part in free community workshop

Parents take part in free community workshop|Parents take part in free community workshop
Keith Pascal|Keith Pascal

More than 30 families participated in the “We Want to Write,” event organized by the Brooklyn-based organization, No Rest Until Success, at the Cortelyou Early Childhood Center Annex in East Flatbush on Jan. 13.

The educator-led workshop, which is designed to help inquiring parents assist their children with studies and schoolwork, was a success, said one of the organizers.

“It was amazing. We had a good turnout, and everything went smoothly,” said Dr. Anesha Fuller, who co-founded the group.

Many parents, who also came with their children, had a series of questions regarding how to help their kids improve their writing abilities and how to prepare them for examinations, added Fuller.

“They had a lot of questions and they wanted to know more about the Regents English test, and different ways to write,” she said.

The two-hour event not only demonstrated to parents a few easy-to-use tips and tools that teachers use in the classroom, but also a how-to framework as a reference guide.

“We gave them resources that showed them a few writing techniques and a worksheet to practice,” said Dr. Fuller.

She said many families responded well to the workshop because they learned valuable knowledge that only educators typically know, and many were so appreciative of the workshop that they intend to be present for the forthcoming one, according Fuller.

“I felt really good and happy because a lot of people told me they enjoyed it and like what we’re doing, and praised us for the fact we took the time out to help them get information for their kids,” she said. “Several parents told me they definitely want to return because in their community, they don’t have a lot of free resources available to them.”

Dr. Fuller says despite a lot of communities in need of free educational and tutoring programs accessible to working families, there is a big absence of them. She hopes to change that narrative however, and be the inspiration for others to focus more on investing in their communities education-wise because it is a vital area of concern.

“I’m a straightforward person and I like things that make sense and have impact,” said Fuller. “We want to do something that serves a purpose, and I want to do things that matter and this is a crisis, and I’m going to fix it.”

The organization’s next workshop, “Raising Better Boys and Girls” will be on March 3, and will cover many subjects including mental health, self-esteem, career planning.

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Presenter Judith Roberts-Lewis, who focuses on the kindergarten to second grade portion of the workshop, talks to attendees.
Keith Pascal