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Eagle Talk Show Celebrates One Year

Show hosted by AISD parent support specialist focuses on academic development of parents and scholars

AUSTIN, TexasNext week, an Austin ISD talk show created to increase parental engagement and inspire students to focus on academics will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a red carpet event and special guests, including AISD's Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

The Eagle Talk Show, hosted by Mycah Lee Arellano, an AISD parent support specialist at Walnut Creek Elementary School, is filmed in front of a live audience every month and provides parents with childcare, snacks, entertainment and important information on how to help steer their child's education.

What: The one-year anniversary of the Eagle Talk Show, featuring special guests: Paul Perez, principal of Walnut Creek Elementary School; Paul Cruz, chief schools officer for AISD; Kevin Foster from the University of Texas at Austin; Ron Oliveira from Oliveira Public Communications; Monica Sanchez, president of the Austin Council of PTAs, and Chief Art Acevedo.

When: The show starts at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. A reception will be held from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Doors close at 6:25 p.m.

Where: Walnut Creek Elementary School, 401 W. Braker Lane

Background: Arellano, whose background is in marketing and community development, started the show a year ago with support from the Walnut Creek community. The show is aimed at increasing parental engagement at the campus and throughout the district.

"The goals of the show are to introduce guests who have manifested their dreams and have knowledge that is relevant to our scholars and parents, to inspire children to dream and strive to reach their goals through education, to teach parents how to engage with and help steer their children's future, and to motivate parents to become more involved in the community," Arellano said.

Families, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the free live tapings each month, where guests share educational and inspirational stories that help empower families and encourage them to have active roles in their child's education and success.

The show is a production of Walnut Creek Early College Prep Academy and AISD's Department of Communications and Community Engagement and Channel 22.

Community contact: To reserve tickets to the free show, please e-mail or call 512-841-4600.