Lamar Schools is taking steps this year to help parents and students get back to not only academics, but the basics of life as well.
Lamar has joined in a partnership with Weems Community Mental Health Center to present a series of six seminars on critical needs facing children and their families.
The seminars are free and open to the public. They will be presented the second Thursday of each month, starting in September.
School officials say the seminars will address an array of issues, ranging from Internet safety to bullying to underage drinking.
"We probably had a list three times as long but we felt that those were the most important that we help give our parents information in raising their children, which in turn absolutely will make the school's job easier," said Doc Stephens, Lamar headmaster.
"Any time someone with our community comes to us and says we have a need, we're going to say, how can we help? And education is one of the things that we do provide," said Susan Eaves of Weems Community Mental Health Center.
All meetings will be in the Lamar High School Library at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
Sept. 13 Social Networking and Internet Safety
Oct. 11 Bullying
Nov. 8 Preparing Your Kids for Adulthood
Jan. 10 How to Talk to Your Children About Tough Issue
Feb. 21 What A Difference A friend Makes
Apr. 10 Underage Drinking