A free workshop on setting and achieving educational goals for Sunnyside schools will take place next week.
The Learning Community Kickoff event, "Turning Dreams into Plans," is Nov. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Road.
In an effort to create a strong sense of community and educational values, district officials, business leaders and neighborhood groups will speak about ways to support students and encourage them to attend college and earn degrees.
The sessions will be offered in English and Spanish for adults and students.
Recently, the Sunnyside Unified School District was selected as one of six sites in the country to participate in the Learning Communities Coalition, a national education initiative to bring about positive change in the community, according to a news release from the district.
The campaign is seeking ways to support student learning and to increase the number of students who will graduate from college, said Monique Soria, spokeswoman for the Sunnyside District.
She said Sunnyside was recommended by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education for the initiative and was selected because of the district's educational programs and strong community partnerships.
"This initiative will bring a wealth of expertise as well as financial resources to Sunnyside," Soria said.
As a result of participating, Sunnyside counselors are now using materials from the "Unlock the Future" program for middle school students and families, provided by Scholar Shop and Scholar Shop Junior.