Eight excited families from Bleckley County Middle School attended the FAST program (Families and Schools Together) on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The 8 week program is a Safe Schools Healthy Student’s initiative sponsored by the CIS/Family Connection Cochran /Bleckley Community Collaborative. FAST, created in 1988 by Dr. Lynn McDonald, is a brain based and research based program designed to celebrate the family unit, empower parents, add support systems for parents and their children and open communication between family members. Each component of FAST is structured and provides an evening full of fun activities that give families time to slow down and spend quality time together in a positive and non-competitive environment. The families enjoy a meal together, sing, play games and have the benefit of group activities for both adults and children. The key part of the program is One to One Time, where the target middle-school student and parent spend 15 minutes of uninterrupted time with one another. Mrs. Gretchen Wilson-Tuck is the FAST Coordinator for Bleckley Middle School. Should you need more information, please contact Gretchen at 934-7270.
Each week a family wins a Family Lottery Basket that is brimming full with gifts. Squeals of delight can be heard all over the room as the family holds each item up for the group to see. Along with prizes, the basket includes a gift card to a local grocery store to be used by the winning family to help with expenses for the main dish for the group the following week.