May 3, 2010

LGS celebrates family life

Cascades of soap bubbles, high-flying helium balloons, and face painting entertained kids of all ages at the Laney Graduate School family picnic April 20.

“The annual dinner for graduate student families is our way of celebrating and supporting graduate students who are also parents,” says Virginia Shadron, assistant dean for student progress at the graduate school. “It recognizes those students who are balancing the competing demands of full-time graduate study and being responsible and responsive to their partners and children.”

New this year was the addition of an information fair that made available useful information from the Emory WorkLife Resource Center, Student Health and Counseling Services, music programs for young children, sustainable gardening, among others.

Drawings for prizes yielded tickets to the High Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Fernbank Science Center, and other local family-friendly venues.

Held during Earth Week, the picnic’s theme was Sustainable Family Life. Around 80 families attended, and grandparents were invited too.  “We wanted to make this a multigenerational event because that makes such a clear statement about sustainability,” says Shadron.

—From Staff Reports

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