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Parent Empowerment

As part of the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), Robla School District hosts three Parent Empowerment dinners every school year as well as other activities and workshops at the school and district level throughout the school year.  
These workshops, activities, and dinners allow parents to:
  • Get motivated and become more involved in their child(ren)'s lives and academic future
  • Experience and gain knowledge on other cultures
  • Interact and network with parents and staff
All Parent Empowerment Dinners are held at Main Avenue Elementary and offer parents and children free dinner, live entertainment, a guest speaker, and free child care.  At each dinner, topics are selected, which best address areas that parents and the district feel are important, these topics include:
  • The Importance of Dreaming Big for your Child
  • How to Set and Achieve Goals
  • Activism, Protests, and the Power of Community Voice
  • Empowering Parents to Empower Youth

The Parent Empowerment Dinners celebrate Latin Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Asian American Pacific Islander Month, each celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Robla students and families. These events bring families and school staff together to share a meal and feature inspirational speakers and provide parents resources to help their children achieve in school and life. This event is coordinated in partnership with the Roberts Family Development Center.
We hope that. as a parent, you will be able to attend a future Parent Empowerment Dinner.  For more information on the Parent Empowerment Dinners, please contact the district office.  
Black History Month-February 1-March 1, 2023

The Black History Month Parent Empowerment Dinner was held on February 13th at Main Avenue Elementary School and was coordinated by the Robla School District Coordinated in partnership with the Roberts Family Development Center.  


Families and participants experienced a festive environment with a live performance by the Harley White, Jr. Orchestra, student artwork, and a hosted dinner prepared by Robla Nutrition Services.


Our special guest, Chet Hewitt, CEO, Sierra Health Foundation, spoke about the importance of teaching Black History in Schools.


The First Annual Ruby Bridges Award was presented to two students from each of Robla’s schools who were nominated by their teachers and were selected by their principals. Each student exemplifies the qualities in life of Ruby Bridges: courage, studious, resilience, optimism, kindness, and leadership. Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American civil rights activist. She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on November 14, 1960. She is the subject of a 1964 painting, "The Problem We All Live With”, by Norman Rockwell. The following students received a  Ruby Bridges Award medallion recognition certificate:

Elianna Anderson 
Camila Cruz-Castillo

Cristhel Sanchez Molina 
Devin Anthony Thurnmond

Manvi Sharma 
Aoki Hemmingway
Jordan Brito 
Alyssa Nelson

December Sheppard

Zeus Millena 
Kainoa Hodge

Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who was a speaker and award presenter at the event, also presented Robla Superintendent Ruben Reyes with one of the Ruby Bridges awards.
Photo of Ruby Bridges Award winners

Pictured: (Front Row) Student award recipients, (Back Row, L-R) Robla Board of Education Vice President Ken Barnes, Board President Craig DeLuz, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Robla Superintendent Ruben Reyes, Sierra Health Foundation CEO Chet Hewitt, Sacramento County Superintendent David Gordon, and Blake Cudworth, Roberts Family Development Center Team Leader.


Thank you for celebrating Black History Month will all of us!

Check out our video from the event, below, and Photo Gallery to see pictures from the event.  

Overall, the dinner was a great success, and we look forward to seeing you at our next Parent Empowerment Dinner in April 2023!