Side by Side of Laurel's seventh Family Academy of the 2012-13 school year will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Deerfield Run Elementary School, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the parent workshops and children's activities will start at 6:45 p.m.

Workshop options for parents include "Preventing Summer Slide" and "Smooth Transition to Middle School."

Families from Bond Mill, Deerfield Run, James H. Harrison, Laurel, Montpelier, Oaklands and Scotchtown Hills are invited to participate in the academies, and elementary school parents from across the county are also welcome. The academies are free.