By Dan McDonald
For Hometown News
BREVARD — Parents and students will get a chance to ‘Sail to Success’ at a special educational summit planned for Palm Bay Elementary School, Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Robert Medina, a former Marine and current director of Community Relations for U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, will be the keynote speaker and will target strengthening the family, as a means of helping students find success in school and life.
“There’s no doubt that the family structure has broken down,” said Mr. Medina, who is also a minister and Director of Ministry at the House of Palm Bay. “Typically, children today are more interested in video games and arcades than they are in school and family events.
“I stress that parents should become more active in the lives of their children,” he added. “Even something as simple as having a family dinner together is important to help bridge communication between the adults and children.”
Along with Mr. Medina, guests will also receive information and – if needed – and advice on helping students with science fair projects, study skills, student behavior tips and suggestions to use at home.
Additionally, the first 20 parents will have the opportunity to take part in a limited ‘Make and Take,’ practice unit for use in helping structure student’s study and learning habits at home.
The event will also feature lectures and events for those parents and students struggling with English as a Second Language (ESOL). Some of the sessions will be in Spanish.
“I think the main point I’ll be trying to make is that parents should be more active role in their children’s lives,” said Mr. Medina, who gave a moving speech at the Sept. 11 memorial remembrance at Wickham Park. “Kids today have a lot of temptation and some very serious choices that can have a major impact on their lives.
“Parents have to realize that what they say, or don’t say, can have major repercussions. I’m for anything that strengthens the bond between parents and their children. The children are our future.”
Organizers of the event say they already have more than 100 parents pre-registered and expect more than 140 students will also attend. While parents attend the seminars and training sessions, the children are scheduled to work on art projects or to participate in outdoor activities.
Barbi Miller, a Palm Bay Elementary teacher and a member of the Board of Trustees for the educational group, Florida Future Problem Solving, said lunch and snacks will be provided to those who attend. For parents with small children, free child care will also be provided.
The following are sponsors or exhibitors: Texas Roadhouse, The Knowledge Exchange, Miller & Hurt Financial Group, Palm Bay Police Department (child fingerprinting), Palm Bay High School Student Volunteers and the Palm Bay East Little League.
Palm Bay Elementary School is located at 1200 Alamanda Road N.E.
For more information, contact Ms. Miller at (321) 723-1055, Ext. 5068.