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Quad City Times, IA 09-24 Parenting seminars start with personal finance By Mary Louise Speer Usually kids head off to school with mom and dad telling them to learn as much as possible. Students and parents are encouraged to sign up for Parent University and get an overview on the art of managing personal finances. Monday night’s presentation on the Cost of Life is the opening entree in a series of six, and families from Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley school districts are invited to attend. “This is the first year for Parent University, and we’ve chosen topics we think will have high interest. This is an opportunity for parents and students to attend together,” said Tammy Chelf, the School-to-Work coordinator for the Business and Education Partnership. The seminar will help teens and possibly parents understand more about the importance of staying on budget, she said. The presenter is Phyllis Zalenski of Marion, Iowa, a family resource management expert with the Iowa State University Extension. Upcoming programs are: Oct. 2: Workforce trends and choosing a career Nov. 6: Choosing a college and applying for financial Aid March 19: “Know What to Say” — Talking to your kids about sex, held at Bettendorf High School’s auditorium April 23: Diversity May 21: Internet blogging IF YOU GO The first Parent University seminar on managing personal finances is 6:45-8 p.m. Monday in the ICN Room at the Bettendorf Public Library. Registration is required by noon Friday. Call 344-5810. Parent University is sponsored through a partnership between the Business and Education Partnership, Bettendorf School District and the Bettendorf Public Library. There is no charge to attend.
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