Cape Gazette

MES celebrates students, parents in Strengthening Families Program

Aug 03, 2014
Source: Submitted Ashley Jones and Taylor Allen, parents, enjoy the MES picnic with children (l-r) Damri Jones, 2; Jeziah Copes, 3; Am'ya Guy, 8; Zyonna Copes, 2; and Ti'onnah Allen, 10 months.

In July, Milton Elementary School held a family engagement picnic for current and former students and parents who participated in the school's Strengthening Families Program in the last five years.

The picnic was a celebration of the school's parents and students actively committed to supporting the children academically, socially, and  behaviorally. About 40 parents and children attended the event at Children & Families First in Georgetown.

The celebration was funded through a five-year federal 21st Century Community Center Learning Grant promoting family literacy and parenting skills as well as after-school programmimg.

MES had 43 parents successfully complete the 14-week parenting program in the past five years. SFP uses an evidence-based program with a family literacy component and is the only partnership of its kind in Kent and Sussex counties.

The SFP is an extension of the school's after-school FAME program and has been awarded another five-year grant starting this fall. The SFP will be held again for MES parents in the fall for a seven-week session and spring 2015 for another seven-week session.


Chastity West of Children & Families First gets ready to serve some water ice to (l-r) Brice Wright, 7; Ava Ruggiero, 6; and Zaigeya Sheppard-Tunnell, 6. (Source: Submitted)
Adult organizers and volunteers take a break for a quick photo.  Shown in back (l-r) are Gloria Ho, Katrice Holloman and Bevelene Holloman of CFF; seated are Sheila Evans, SFP parent educator, and Hattie Bull, CFF supervisor. (Source: Submitted)
Theodora Simon, left, and her grandchildren, Damian (DJ) Wilson, 16, and Deandra Wilson, 14, enjoy the Strengthening Families picnic. (Source: Submitted)
Ellen and Walter Gray, grandparents, enjoy the picnic with Damri Jones, 2, and Angela Gray, 1. (Source: Submitted)
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