Northville's Newly Expanded Parent Camp Draws in Hundreds

On Saturday, February 4, more than 400 people from the community showed up for Parent Camp at Northville High School. The Northville Educational Foundation in partnership with Northville Public Schools offered the free workshops for parents in addition to the newly added Mental Health and Wellness Fair.
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The Northville Educational Foundation and Northville Public Schools partnered together for the 8th annual Parent Camp on Saturday, February 4, at Northville High School.
"I think today the turnout has really exploded based on what our expectations were," explained Bryan Valentini, Board of Directors, Northville Educational Foundation.
More than 400 people from the community showed up for Parent Camp.
"You always want to have as many people as you can because you feel like you're touching more of the community, the more people can be involved," said Valentini.
Parents could attend three breakout sessions and had 37 different topics to choose from. 
"I really enjoyed the fact that there are so many professionals and a very wide variety of resources for parents to help our kids with stress, anxiety, social media, dangers and pitfalls. So it's almost like a one-stop-shop of resources," said Tanya Edwards, parent.
Former Lions Quarterback, Eric Hipple, participated and presented at Parent Camp. His session was about how to navigate through a traumatic event, like he did when he lost his son to suicide. 
"I wish there was something like this when I was a parent in dealing with the stuff we dealt with for my son but also for my daughters. It would be really important to have some of this information, it could have saved a life. Didn't have it. So that's why I'm so grateful for Northville for putting this thing on so parents can have a chance to do something I never got a chance to. Come to a place and learn and be supportive of not only the school itself but also the school being supportive of the parents," explained Hipple.
New this year was a Mental Health and Wellness Fair with more than 50 vendors. 
"So what I was impressed with was the amount of support from various members and businesses in the community that can provide assistance in a variety of different ways. I was actually very surprised with the sheer number of participants in the Mental Health Fair, so that was really neat," said Edwards.
If you would like to review the offerings from this past Parent Camp, you can visit the Northville Parent Camp website.