NORTHVILLE, Mich. – The Northville Educational Foundation is partnering with Northville Public Schools for the eighth Annual Northville Parent Camp.
The 2023 Parent Camp workshop will welcome its new Mental Health and Wellness Fair.
The Northville Public Schools and Northville Educational Foundation offer free conferences to parents in the area.
“Parent Camp is an opportunity that was designed many years ago that allows parents the opportunity to receive free resources, training, and support from local and national vendors,” said Aaron Baughman, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services at Northville Public Schools.
Baughman said he would like to encourage parents to attend Parent Camp for the opportunity.
“This is an opportunity like no other where you have some of the most highly qualified and talented professionals from across the state,” said Baughman. “And sometimes even the country who have information and resources and answers to some of the most difficult parenting things that we face.”
The Parent Camp will include presenting speakers Eric Hipple (former Detroit Lions quarterback) and his daughter Tarah Hipple-Thomas. They will discuss how they survived the loss of a family member to suicide and their recovery.
Hipple will discuss challenges from a father’s perspective, and Hipple-Thomas will discuss a sibling’s perspective.
There will be three breakout sessions for about an hour each. In each session, parents can pick from 35 different topics.
“It’s really just a general kind of widespread offering to parents, everything from college planning for their kids to academic support to mental health and wellbeing,” said Baughman.
Parents can visit the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair on its own or with the breakout sessions. Parents will be able to walk around and explore over 50 vendors.
Beth Santer, Executive Director of Special Services at Northville Public Schools, said they might have a table from Trinity Health, IHA, and different counseling centers for parents to visit.
“We’ll also have wellness-type tables that will include Alliance of Therapy Dogs,” Santer said. “And we’ll also have resources that are specific to families that have children that have special education services like Michigan Alliance for Families or SEPAC.”
Visitors can join Parent Camp on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northville High School.
For more information about the sessions, visit the Parent Camp website by clicking here.
Parent Camp 2023 is presented by Michigan Educational Credit Union.