Thursday, September 3, 2009

New ERAA Annual Back-to-School Conference and Festival

The annual New ERAA (Everyone Recommitting to Academic Achievement) Back-to-School Conference and Festival was held Saturday, August 22, at Lincoln High School. Students from San Diego High School and Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) were among the attendees (see photo).

The conference, originally founded by Pazzaz, Inc. and the Center for Parent Involvement in Education, is co-sponsored by San Diego Unified. Over the years, there has been a tremendous increase in parent and student involvement, number of workshops and exhibitors, and multi-cultural performers.

This year, more than 2,000 people attended the conference. Families collected educational information from various exhibitors and attended workshops where the presenters were so enthusiastic that they requested to be included next year. At the afternoon festival, families feasted on hamburgers and hotdogs while 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, donated by the Office Depot Foundation, were given to the students of families who attended the conference.

For more information, please contact Brenda Campbell, executive director, Federal and Special Projects, at (619) 725-5605. Watch a video from the event.

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