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New Parent Academy helps kids receive better education

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Updated: 11/15/2013 6:30 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's school -- for parents.

The new Parent Academy was started this year by Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

The goal is to teach mothers and fathers how to help their children learn, from breaking down language barriers to better communication.

"There's no parent that doesn't want their child to succeed. There's no parent that doesn't want their child to do better than they did. We just have to equip them with the skills, the knowledge and the information so they can do a better job," Vitti said.

Hind Chahed said it's inspiring to see parents taking an initiative for the sake of their children, because they know education has to start at home.
"If they are not able to communicate they can't help their kids. They can't follow up with their homework. They can't follow up with progress in the school," said Chahed. "And since we started this program this year I see the progress and it's just exciting."

The classes are an invaluable tool for parents like Anabel Cowto. She enrolled in the free classes because she was struggling to communicate with her daughter, a middle-schooler.

"She has some classes that I don't understand sometimes. I try to work with her for homework and sometimes I don't understand but I try for her," she said.

Vitti secured $700,000 in private donations from the community to run the program for the first three years. He said in three months time they've already reached 600 parents.
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