How the Wakefield Rotary Club is Strengthening Families
Strengthening Families Workshop
Join us for this FREE training open to parents, community workers, and educators on Monday, October 28th 9:30am-3:30pm at the Beebe Library in Wakefield. Facilitated by Marybeth Dwyer of the Children’s Trust Fund, the training consists of 2 parts:
1) Strengthening Families: An effective approach to supporting families
2) Introduction to Parent Cafes: Engaging parents in conversations that matter
The Wakefield Rotary Club will provide a light lunch. .05 CEU hours, approved by the MassAEYC are available for $15 per person. Checks may be made payable to the Wakefield Rotary Club on the day of the event. For more information click Strengthening Families Training.
Pre-registration required. Seating limited to 3 people per agency. To register for the event, click here.
Book Donation: Learning the Touching Rule
The Wakefield Rotary Club recently donated 5 copies of Sam’s Story, by Molly Anderson. Produced by The Committee For Children, the book, along with the accompanying CD, uses simple narratives and language to help kids up to kindergarten age about touching safety and safety rules. The donation is the second part of the Rotary Club’s focus on aiding Wakefield in protecting children. On June 10th, the Rotary Club sponsored a free speaker event, featuring Marybeth Dwyer of the Children’s Trust Fund, hosted at the Beebe Library (story above). Club President Amy Luckiewicz explains, “Maybeth (Dwyer) is a state expert in training parents and families on how to talk to their kids about safety. I’ve heard her speak many times and I look forward to learning something new myself.” In partnership with the Wakefield Police Department, WAAV, the Beebe Library, the Burbank YMCA, and Wakefield Public Schools, the speaker presentation was free to any family. Beebe Library Director Sharon Gilley noted the book donation as an additional resource following the presentation. “After the speaker presentation, the parents will be welcome to check out Sam’s Story. We have 5 copies, thanks to the Rotary Club, and we hope they all get checked out.” Gilley continued, “The books will become part of our regular collection, and families are welcome to come by anytime and check it out.” Related Wakefield Patch article
Successful seminar on protecting children
28 Wakefield parents and educators attended the child safety seminar this Monday night. Focused on empowering parents to protect their children from sexual abuse, the 2-hour event provided scenarios on how to talk to your children about touching safety, what to do if she or he discloses abuse, and practical matters on how to protect children. Presented by Marybeth Dwyer of the Children’s Trust Fund, the event was sponsored by the Wakefield Rotary Club. Childcare was provided by the Burbank YMCA and hosted at the Beebe Library. Wakefield Alliance Against Violence and the Wakefield Police Department provided additional support and resources for parents. Commented one attendee, “I wish everyone would attend a training like this. Parents should know how to protect their kids.” Additional resources are available at the Beebe library. The Wakefield Rotary Club also donated 5 books, Sam’s Story, which teaches kids about touching safety. The books (with CD) are now available for loan at the Beebe Library.