Children can endure so much stress during the day, and as parents, we can’t always be there to help them cope with the challenges that come their way.

That’s why our October sessions of Family Academy will focus on the theme “Mental Health,” with the emphasis on teaching families how stress affects a child’s health, as well as their ability to learn, and what can be done to help.

The sessions will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays on Oct. 2, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 at Highland Leadership Academy-Northrop, 1611 E. 46th St., Minneapolis. The October sessions are geared toward families of HLA-Northrop, HCP-Northrop and Hiawatha Collegiate High School.

Workshops will be presented by the school psychologist and school social workers on the following topics:

Week 1: How stress affects parenting and what you can do about it.

Week 2: Impact of stress on children’s bodies and brains and tools to manage it.

Week 3: Strategies for supporting your children’s social and emotional development.

Families also will get to meet other Hiawatha families and form networks of support. Free dinner, childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

If interested in participating, call Shannon Gavin, Family Engagement Manager, at 651-497-5471, or email

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About Hiawatha Academies

Hiawatha Academies is a network of high-performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools located in South Minneapolis. Our mission is to empower all Hiawatha scholars with the knowledge, character and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good. Our equity vision is to honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world.