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Parent Information Network tackles tough issues, provides parent support

Parent Information Network Board and Reps

Do you wonder about the impact that legalized marijuana is having on your children, their friends and their schools? Do you ever struggle with family dynamics and wish you could resolve disagreements in a more positive way? Do you want to do more to support your child’s physical, mental and social-emotional growth and development?

If you’d like the latest information on those and other important parenting issues, then put the Parent Information Network (PIN) meeting dates on your calendar. During the 2016-17 schoolyear, PIN will host powerful presentations by local and national experts on a range of youth-related issues. The presentations are free and open to the entire community.

Parent Information Network rep Aurora SteinParent Aurora Stein has been attending PIN meetings for more than a decade.

“I like coming to the meetings. I like the information,” said Stein, who has also been involved in PTCO at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Stein was one of the PIN veterans at the group’s 2016-17 PIN Representative Orientation meeting, held Aug. 17. Every school in the district is encouraged to have a PIN representative who is charged with sharing information about this powerful parent resource. Loren Rigney is excited to be the new PIN rep for West Middle School.

PIN Paperwork.jpg“I just moved into the district mid-year last year. I was just starting to get involved and this felt like the right kind of position to get my feet wet,” Rigney said. “I feel like more people should know about PIN. It’s a very interesting organization that’s beneficial and comforting to have.  It’s two hours that are well spent.”

“The presentations are amazing,” added Lorelie Cajigas, PTO president at Thunder Ridge Middle School. “We really need to let our community know about PIN.”

Parent Information Network Rep OrientationPIN’s mission is to host informative local and national speakers on topics relevant to kids and parents.  It also provides a forum where parents can connect and create a caring community. PIN presentations are from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, September to May (no meeting in January), at the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC), located at 14188 E. Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, 80112. There are also two evening presentations scheduled this fall. Get the 2016-17 PIN Presentation schedule here.

PIN was founded in 1978 by a group of concerned parents led by the late Sherry Shepherd Sargent, a true champion of children. Sargent and the other parents began talking about the issues that their children were facing and that families dealt with regularly. What started out as an informal group sharing information has grown into an organization that is an important partner of the Cherry Creek School District. To learn more about PIN, enjoy the video below and visit


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