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Officials dedicate new parents center

A new parent center, designed to house educational and social programs for both parents and students, was dedicated Tuesday by Buffalo Public Schools.

The Howard Lewis Parent Center, named for a Buffalo school administrator who died in 2000, is located at a building owned by the school system at 179 Albany St.

It replaces a leased facility on East Genesee Street and offers larger classrooms and more parking, officials said.

The new facility will house adult education classes, early childhood programs, computer classes for both parents and students, academic tutoring and courses on parenting skills, Superintendent James A. Williams said.

"We are committed to providing the best education possible for children and at the same time empower parents to pursue educational opportunities to learn and grow," Williams said.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

School system officials also encouraged attendance at a parent conference from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The conference -- "Preparing Our Children to Live and Prosper in the 21st Century" -- will include workshops on homework, state assessment testing, working with at-risk students and parent involvement.


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