Effective parenting program graduation held

Allison B. Hudson

Several parents embarked on a new journey last Wednesday at Donaldsonville Primary School. Select Parents and grandparents graduated from the effective parenting program that is a part of the Ascension Parish School system.

The Effective Parenting Program originated in the Ascension Parish School System in 2007.  The first class began in the summer of 2007 at the Donaldsonville Housing Authority.  The Effective Parenting Program is used as a tool to increase parental involvement, enhance, and motivate parenting strategies that will allow our parents to model and teach love and understanding, pride in who you are self discipline, good school habits, good study skills, and good healthy habits. 

“These characteristics will allow our children to be successful in an ever changing world,” said Wanda August who is the driving force behind this program.

August quotes the African Proverb, "It takes a Village to raise a child." The success of the Parenting Program is the collaborative efforts of Parents, Students, and Parent Facilitators, staff Administrators, Central Office, Politicians, Business Leaders and Citizens of the Parish. We have graduated numerous individuals from East Bank and West Bank of Ascension Parish. 

This was the first graduation held since the existence of the program. Parents that participated in the Effective Parenting Program consisted of Parents from Donaldsonville Primary, Lowery Elementary, Lowery Middle, and Donaldsonville High.

The guest speaker was Rev. Louis Askins of the Bethseba Baptist Church of White Castle.