WAPS Community Ed to offer free parenting workshop

Free Parenting Workshop Building Brains Building Parents

A free two-week parenting workshop offered through Winona Area Public Schools Community Education will give parents tools to better connect with their school-age and teenage children. 

Building Brains, Building Parents” will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Learning Commons at Winona Senior High School, 901 Gilmore Ave. 

The classes will be led by Winona State University professor Dr. Ruth Charles, Winona Area Learning Center and Winona Senior High School social worker Angela McQuinn, Washington-Kosciusko principal Dawn Lueck and Miller Mentoring program coordinator Kathy Welch. 

The class is geared toward parents who have children that may be a little older than the population served by WAPS Early Childhood and Family Education classes — although the lessons learned in this workshop can apply to all age groups. 

“We’re going to use a brain architect game on the first night that will help us understand what happens when the brain is built and how we can understand what makes a strong base, and what things can build it up,” Charles said. 

The second week of the workshop builds on what was learned in the first week, so parents are encouraged to attend both weeks of the workshop, not just one or the other.

Space is limited, so interested parents are asked to register online (http://bit.ly/building_brains) or by calling 507-494-0900.