Eating your greens

Title I Parent to improve community health


St. Paul Elementary School Title I Parenting is hoping to bring health to the community. They aim to do this by hosting part one of a two-part wellness and nutrition parenting workshop.
Kathleen L. Gibson organizes the event, a Title I Parent and Family Engagement Coordinator. Gibson's goal is to uplift the community to a high standard of health through these seminars.
"We try to come up with helpful topics that can enrich and empower our parents," said Gibson.
This workshop is not the first time Gibson has organized this type of event. Her past events include financial seminars, literacy workshops, and other nutrition workshops.
"The last two we have done were about financial literacy," said Gibson. "We brought in a representative from the Bank of Clarendon. She spoke on the do's and don'ts concerning our finances."
This workshop will also feature some special guests. Chef Jean Shaw, who is a Culinary Arts Instructor at F.E. DuBose Career Center, will join Shermica Session, Owner and Certified Personal Trainer at Get Right Training. They will be discussing and demonstrating how to be more nutritious, as well as keep yourself fit, respectively.
"Our personal philosophy is to empower parents," said Gibson. "Strong parents mean strong students, which means a strong school. We need to assist parents in any way we can, concerning enrichment."
Gibson chose nutrition and wellness, because she feels it is essential. It also uses community partners, such as Session and Shaw, to uplift attendees. She also has plans for future events.
"I want to get a local physician or a registered nurse to come in," said Gibson. "That would be a nice part two for this workshop."
This event will take place in Clarendon School District One; however, parents from any district can attend. Any parent that would like to visit is more than welcome, according to Gibson.
"Attendees can expect to walk out of the door with a better understanding of nutrition and wellness than they had when they walked in," said Gibson. "We are who we are, and we know what we know, and if we know better, we will do better. There is a team of us, and our goal is to uplift."
The wellness and nutrition parenting workshop will be held on Jan 30 at 5:30, at St. Paul Elementary School in Summerton. For more information, contact Kathleen L. Gibson at 803-485-2043.


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