Proud Parents Graduate, Better Equipped for Their Families and Community

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On Saturday May 17, the Seventh Annual Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership Institute (EPPLI) Graduation ceremony took place. Close to 200 mothers, fathers, grandparents and others from Children's Aid community schools in Washington Heights and Harlem gathered at the Mirabal Sisters Campus to celebrate their accomplishments.

The Children’s Aid Society’s Parent Leadership Institute offers parents and caretakers educational and personal enrichment of their own, including GED, literacy, technology and child care licensing classes, as well as courses in television production, upholstery, fashion design, wood and fabric painting, and culinary arts. Many of the parents’ finished pieces were on display in the school cafeteria after the ceremony.

EPPLI was designed to help immigrant families overcome the social, cultural, financial and linguistic challenges that they face while building a solid bridge between the school, its parents and the surrounding community.

Decorated with beautiful handmade jewelry, home decor, bags and curtains, the exhibit showcased the hard work these parents had accomplished all year long. The day’s event exuded pride not only of the successes achieved by these graduates but of the entire Washington Heights and Harlem communities.