Hartford Public Schools Opens The Welcome Center at 960 Main Street with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Issue 15    September 14, 2012

Hartford Public Schools Opens The Welcome Center at 960 Main Street with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On August 28th, 2012 Hartford Public Schools kicked off the school year with an exciting announcement:  The Welcome Center officially opened in its new location in the lobby of 960 Main Street.  The Welcome Center is a one-stop shop that provides easy access for parents, students, families, employees, and citizens to request information, voice concerns, and resolve issues.  Created in 2007, it provides a welcoming, friendly and professional environment for families and the community to visit. Its goal is to engage families in their child’s education and in their own, in order to improve their children’s academic achievement.
The Center is part of Hartford Public Schools’ Office of Early Literacy and Parent Engagement, which provides district-wide innovative support and quality program planning within a portfolio district framework in the areas of early literacy and the Third Grade Promise, parent and community engagement, English Language Learner services, school choice programming and health services.
Mayor Pedro Segarra, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, members of the Town Council, the Board of Education, teachers and HPS staff enjoyed breakfast and each other’s company before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Dr. Kishimoto spoke about the history and importance of the Welcome Center, then introduced the Mayor, and Marta Bentham, the Director of Family Services and Ombudsman who is the heart and soul, and director of The Welcome Center, Ms. Bentham spoke of her years at the Center, about its crucial role in helping families help their children.  In discussing its successes, she introduced Hartford parent, Mushanda Jones, a grateful Welcome Center visitor, as well as her capable and devoted staff, Judith Fagan, Flor Zurita, Rubi Roman, Syretta Rawlings,a student intern from Hoftsra University and Stephanie Marquez, intern from UConn.
Dr. Kishimoto and Mayor Segarra together cut the red ribbon to officially open the Welcome Center and the crowd poured in to explore the airy, bright space, which includes office spaces for public and private meetings, a place for young children to play, as well as vast information resources.

The Welcome Center Staff celebrate at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Mayor Pedro Segarra & Superintendent Kishomoto cut the red ribbon.  One…


…three!  It’s done, and…

… the Mayor is the first to enter The Welcome Center.


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