With the keynote speaker Trish Devieux, Susu Dugas, Chris Thibodeau, Rosalind Wiseman, Louise Qualman, Bobbie Turner and Liting Li.
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PIN’s Annual Brunch May 1 featured The New York Times best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman (Queen Bees and Wannabees, Masterminds and Wingmen) who spoke about the intensifying challenges facing parents and teens today. Wiseman, whose Queen Bees book was the basis for both the 2004 movie Mean Girls and Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the same name, offered insight and advice for parents about how to help their kids navigate the oftentimes turbulent waters of social media, friendships and evolving social mores.
In her talk, the author and educator asked parents to come together as a village to support each other when kids make (sometimes epic) mistakes, rather than judging and condemning each other. Our goal as parents and caring community members is to maintain the inherent dignity of each person. “Conflict is inevitable; we want our children to be competent in managing conflict,” Wiseman stated.
Frank Sargent and Olga Mead
At the brunch, Dr. Harry Bull made one of his last appearances as superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District after more than three decades of service to the district. In his remarks to the audience, Bull stressed the importance of parents and schools working together in partnership to support the well-being of students.
The audience of 300 included Cherry Creek School District incoming Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried; Dr. Tony Poole, executive director of student achievement services; and several Cherry Creek Board of Education members. Representatives from various PIN sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors HealthONE and Pals Chess Academy, also attended, along with parents, educators and community members.
Ashlie Michelle Richards, a senior from Smoky Hill High School, was awarded the PIN Sherry Shepherd Sargent Scholarship, established in 2010 to honor Sherry Sargent, who, with her husband Frank, raised four children in Cherry Creek Schools. Sherry was instrumental in starting the Parent Information Network (PIN) in 1978. The scholarship is awarded to a candidate who demonstrates values of leadership, community service, honesty, fairness and a genuine concern for others—all qualities Sherry held dear.
PIN is a parent-led organization that provides monthly presentations on topics relevant to parenting, education and youth-related issues. Visit PINccsd.com to hear the podcast of Wiseman’s talk, to see PIN’s line-up of free monthly presentations (morning and evening) for the 2018/19 school year, and to discover ways to get involved as a volunteer or a sponsor.
Dr. Harry Bull
Delphone Garcia, Pri Gross, Liting Li. Courtesy photos
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