During the month of February we had over 500 parents and children participate in Parents Leading the Way events around the state organized by Parents Anonymous®!! There were such wonderful candidates for this year’s Jolly K Award making this year’s selection extremely difficult. All of the nominees are incredible parents and amazing leaders in their community.
Thank you to all our affiliates who hosted events, community supporters who helped make the events successful, and parents and children who participated in celebrating National Parent Leadership Month. Here are some highlights of what went on during the month.
COSY Alliance- Southeastern, SC
On February 23, Parents Anonymous® of SC, Beaufort County School District, and Beaufort County COSY hosted a Grandparent’s Leading the Way Conference at Beaufort Elementary school for the community. Conference sessions included information on Internet Safety for Parents by the Beaufort Co. Sheriff’s Office, Parent Child Interactive Therapy by Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Anti-Bullying Strategies by the Beaufort Co. School District, and New Fads and Trends in Substance Abuse by Beaufort Co. Drug and Alcohol abuse.
Parents Anonymous® – Tri-County Area, SC
Parents Anonymous® worked with the Charleston County Dept of Federal Programs to put on a day conference at Stall High School on February 23rd titled “Health & Wellness = School Success.” Parents attended workshops on Parent Support, Affordable Health Care, Healthy Minds Matter, and Eating Smart and Moving More. Children had their own schedule including a workshop presented by the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Juanita Ford from Northwoods Middle School won this year’s Jolly K award for her outstanding leadership skills as a parent, grandparent, and parent leader in her school.
Williamsburg County PA Groups – Williamsburg County, SC
Williamsburg County Parents Anonymous® Groups held an evening titled, “Strengthening The Family.” They held workshops centered around self esteem, nutrition, and family connection. During a recognition banquet parents and children reflected on their time spent with each other in the Mutual Support Groups. At the end of the evening everyone celebrated with refreshments and camaraderie. Williamsburg County nominated a parent, Ms. Tonya Johnson for the Jolly K award and even though she did not win this year, we wanted to congratulate her on perseverance and commitment to her family and community. Ms. Johnson thank you for being an amazing parent leader in your group!
Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault – Northeastern, SC
On February 21st, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault hosted Parents Leading the Way to a Brighter Future parent training at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. Participants received information on “Child Sexual Assault,” (Karen Copeland, Durant’s Children Center), “Mother-read/Father-read,” (Judy Langley, Darlington County First Steps), and “The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children,” (Robin Griggs, Durant’s Children Center). Community partners and information booths were provided by Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault, Darkness to Light, Durant’s Children Center, Hartsville YMCA, and Darlington County First Steps.
Foothills Alliance – Northwestern, SC
Anderson County held their Parents Leading the Way Conference including a series of workshops to help parents and caregivers create a better pathway for their families. The day long conference was very well attended by parents and caregivers from the community.
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