Turning the Page Community Nights, eight of which are held at each partner school per year, consist of educational parent workshops, literacy-based child mentoring activities, book giveaways for families’ home libraries, and a free, healthy family dinner.
Community Night workshops for parents are based on challenges in navigating education systems, parent-teacher relationships, at-home learning, and other topics TTP has seen a need for over the years. Community Night workshops for parents of early learners focus on the foundations of reading, including tips on how to build vocabulary, track reading progress, and the importance of reading aloud at home. TTP also helps parents instill an interest in STEM subjects in their children, with workshops introducing how math is taught in school, how technology is integrated into classroom learning, and how parents can extend learning in the home with easy to do math activities and science experiments. Community Night workshops for middle school families center on college and career readiness, and provide parents with information and resources to support students as they explore interests, make important academic decisions, and take concrete steps on their path towards college or career readiness.
Child mentoring at Community Nights features fun, literacy-based activities for those children who accompany their parents to Community Nights. Child mentoring is broken up into grade level groups and each activity carefully planned and led by TTP staff, volunteers, and local university students.