Community members gave monetary donations as well as jeans, shorts, and jackets so that children in our community would be ready for the winter. With the help of community member, Linda Padgett, over 30 children received at least one pair of jeans.
Requests are still being made, donations are still coming in, and children in Bleckley County are being kept warm!
The elementary school FAST “Families and Schools Together” program began on September 27, 2010 and met each Monday night for 8 weeks. Everyone enjoyed spending quality time with their family as well as getting to know other families within our community. We are very excited to say that we had 8 families graduate from the FAST program on November 15, 2010.
FAST is a social work program that is evidence based and values based.
FAST was founded by Dr. Lynn McDonald, professor of social work, as a package which could be implemented by parents working alongside professionals to increase child well being, parent involvement in school, and social capital. FAST is recognized for its ability to engage parents. 80% of parents that attend once go on to graduate and are empowered to run their monthly meetings based on community organized strategies.