The statewide Parent Mentor Program, which started in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood 19 years ago, graduated 582 parents on Tuesday. The parents tutored children daily this academic year in 67 Illinois schools.
The 582 parents who got their diplomas represent the largest-ever graduating class in the history of the Parent Mentor Program, which is a partnership between schools and community organizations in low-income neighborhoods. As part of the program, parents are recruited and trained to tutor students who need extra help.
The program, originally started by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, was able to expand to many more low-income schools two years ago thanks to funding from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Tuesday's graduation event to honor and celebrate the hard work of the parent mentors was held at Charles R. Darwin Elementary School in Logan Square.
Read more about the Parent Mentor Program here and here.