What is the single most exciting thing for you as a parent about being involved with The Oliver Scholars Program?
Currently, the most exciting thing is being a member of the Parent Council. I get to interact with some of the most interesting parents. What I’ve discovered is that no matter what their personal background, place of origin or language they speak, everyone is seeking to give their children the best possible opportunities in life. This is the common thread that holds us together. It’s exciting to play a role in the support and uplifting of these parents so that they can give that extra support and lift to their children.
Trust was the biggest challenge I had when my son first started the program. I had to trust that my son was going to be able to successfully meet all of his responsibilities. Then I had to trust that The Oliver Scholars Program had his best interest at heart. Five years later, my son’s a college sophomore with a 3.4 GPA facing all of his responsibilities with the maturity that would make any parent proud. The Oliver Scholars Program proved to be the “real deal” in that they didn’t let my son down throughout his challenges. Now the biggest challenge I face as an Oliver parent is to prove to be an asset to the program and its families through positive and supportive interactions.
What advice could you give a new Oliver parent?
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