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Nevada Union launches new parents club


Parents and community members who seek a straightforward opportunity to get involved with Nevada Union can now do so with the Nevada Union parents club.

The club aims to promote excellence at the school and provide a platform of communication and cooperation for anyone interested, said club president Julie Walton, who founded the club with fellow parent Mary Lehmberg after realizing there are a lot of opportunities to get involved but only within specific groups.

“We wanted a place for all parents to belong and get good information about what’s going on and figure out how to become involved and be really inspired to make Nevada Union the best it can be,” she said.

One of the new assistant principals hired last spring, Paul Lundberg, said he was shocked to find that Nevada Union had no parents club.

“We have a new administrative team with (newly hired assistant principal) Kelly Rhoden and myself and would really like to improve the communication internally and also with our community,” Lundberg said, adding that parents have more opportunities to participate in elementary and middle school.

“There aren’t as many avenues to get them involved at the high school level.”

Such was Walton’s experience last year when her daughter was a freshman at Nevada Union and she struggled to find an organization about overall involvement.

“It seemed like in the elementary and middle school experience I had, there was a parent club you could belong to, and I was struggling to find an organization to take that on.”

The first membership meeting will take place 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Nevada Union library, which will explain the goals of the club and organize members around specific committees, including volunteering, publicity and membership.

“One of our main goals is to support all staff and students,” Walton said. “We want to take our direction from students and staff members and discover how we can best support them.”

The club has collected starter donations of $20, and all funds raised will go back into the schools.

“We envision taking requests from staff and students, so that will be for the club to decide as we move forward.”

Club members are currently developing a strategic plan and have decided on a specific mission statement to establish a highly effective organization that works to put something in place that will stand the test of time, Walton said. “We want to establish an organization that will be there so other people can pick it up and go with it as years go on.”

One of the tenets of the club is also inclusiveness, Shampay said.

“Anybody who wants to be a part of it can help volunteer or come to meetings,” she said. “We want to make it really accessible.”

“We’d really like to improve the communication internally and also with our community,” said Lundberg “We are trying to communicate more effectively with parents and get them involved.”

For information, contact nuparents@gmail.com or contact Nevada Union High School at 530-273-4431.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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