Parents as Teachers kick-off reception spurs ticket sales to Jubilee

Ret. U.S. Senator and former Missouri Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond (center) shares a moment with (from left) PAT staffer Kerry Caverly, board member Dr. Francis Rushton, staffer Alison Gee, and newly appointed board members Lori Connors Tadros and Sara Jane Blackmon at the 35th anniversary Jubilee Host Committee Kick-off Reception.

Ret. U.S. Senator and former Missouri Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond (center) shares a moment with (from left) PAT staffer Kerry Caverly, board member Dr. Francis Rushton, staffer Alison Gee, and newly appointed board members Lori Connors Tadros and Sara Jane Blackmon at the 35th anniversary Jubilee Host Committee Kick-off Reception.

Organization’s founder, local luminaries slated for lauding at annual conference

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Parents as Teachers program, a non-profit, internationally-recognized home-visiting parent education program.  

And at its 2019 International Conference here, the organization will host a Jubilee underneath the St. Louis Gateway Arch to recognize people who have work to ensure the well-being of children and families through their commitment to Parents as Teachers.

Parents as Teachers will host its annual conference from Oct. 14 – 17 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch hotel. To be honored as trailblazers at the Jubilee will be PAT Founder Mildred Winter, former U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO); Arthur Mallory, former Missouri Commissioner of Education; Carolyn Losos, Parent Educator; former U.S. Senator and Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R-Idaho); and Dr. William Mehojah, Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Indian Education Programs, a.k.a. the “Father of FACE” (Family And Child Education) program.

Parents as Teachers recently hosted a 35th Anniversary Jubilee Host Committee Kick-off Reception at the Sheraton Westport Chalet to jump-start Jubilee ticket sales. Constance Gully, Parents as Teachers president and CEO, along with Board Chair Patricia Kempthorne, welcomed a crowd of mostly Parents as Teachers board and committee members to the event.

"Tonight's gathering allows us to reflect on our legacy, and gives us a chance to re-energize you around our key mission… to ensure that all children will develop, learn and grow to realize their full potential," Gully told the crowd.

Kempthorne reiterated Gully’s sentiments and added: “We entered this anniversary year with a renewed commitment to community engagement and a pledge to recognize those persons and institutions that have aided in our success. We plan to formally acknowledge their contributions at our Jubilee.”

Each encouraged the crowd to help the organization sell tickets. To purchase tickets or tables of 10, or for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.parentsasteachers.org or contact Bart Holland, at 314-432-4330.

For more information about the Parents as Teachers 2019 International Conference or to become an exhibitor, visit parentsasteachersconference.org.