Parents and guardians listen as Denise Matthews from PEEC discusses the multiple benefits for families of investing time in nature. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
LAPS District Site Tech Administrator Sal Zapien and LAHS Healthy Schools Program Director Kristine Coblentz hold parents and guardians attention as they present proactive positive home and school tech strategies. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-Los Alamos Community Education, the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) held a Parenting University event April 14, 2018 titled “Lets CHAT, Creating Healthy Attitudes around Technology.”
Four different sessions related to technology use by children and adults were offered. The focus of all the sessions highlighted children’s screen time and a parent’s role in modeling the healthy use of electronic devices in the home.
LAPS District Site Tech Administrator Sal Zapien and LAPS Healthy Schools Program Director Kristine Coblentz offered a session on Technology and Wellness for the parents of secondary school students and one for the parents of elementary school aged children.
Denise Matthews from Pajarito Environmental Education Center presented on the importance of movement and nature for elementary aged students, involving participants in a lengthy discussion. LAPS Healthy Schools Program Support Specialist Brandi Seekins introduced the Los Alamos High School Risk and Resiliency Assessment Project (RAPS). RAPS students Jon Doorn, Madison Peterson, Thomas Chadwick, and Jun Kim shared an informative slide show about the Los Alamos results of the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliancy Survey, followed by a question and answer period. Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, LAPS superintendent, commented, “The RAPS students did an excellent job. I would like to see more of their presentations!”
Over 50 adults participated in the workshop, while 16 students enjoyed onsite enrichment activities. In addition, seven preschoolers attended The Ark Child Development Center through funding from the Zia Credit Union. All attendees also enjoyed refreshments provided by UNM-LA’s on-campus vendor, Secret City Kitchen.
The event was sponsored by JJAB and hosted by UNM-Los Alamos Community Education in collaboration with Los Alamos Public Schools.
LAHS students Jon Doorn, Jun Kim, Thomas Chadwick and Madison Peterson shared an informative slide show about the results for Los Alamos of the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
LAPS District Site Tech Administrator, Sal Zapien, prepares for his next presentation. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA