The Wakefield Rotary Club hosted a free training for parents and educators this past Monday. The workshop was facilitated by Anitza Guadarrama-Tiernan of the Children’s Trust and focused on 2 parts. The first session highlighted the Five Protective Factors which were researched by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. These include parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Part two of the training provided examples and strategies on how to host Parent Cafes. Designed to get parents talking about real-life challenges, Parent Cafes are just one tool to connect parents and come up with real solutions to shared problems. Wakefield Rotarian Amy Luckiewicz commented, “We’re hoping to continue to offer more free trainings and workshops on topics related to families and children. We’ll be looking in the near future to provide opportunities to connect families based on the Parent Café model we learned today.”
The training was sponsored by the Wakefield Rotary Club, hosted at the Beebe Library, and is part of a continuing partnership between the Rotary Club, Beebe Library, Children’s Trust and Wakefield Police Department. Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith attended the session and updated the attendees about legislation related to changes in the Sex Offender Registry Board. Chief Smith noted, “It’s important for all educators and parents to be aware of changes in the law related to these issues.” Representatives Donald Wong and Paul Brodeur also attended the opening session to lend legislative insights on child protection issues.
As part of the presentation series, the Beebe Library is offering “Keep Me Safe Story Time” free to all community children ages 3-5. This program teaches children social skills that are intended to help them avoid dangerous and abusive situations. Children will learn to set boundaries based on safety rules and how to respond assertively if they are in an uncomfortable situation. The program is 6-weeks and covers multiple safety topics including fire safety, car safety, and touching safety. The program is offered Wednesdays at 1:30 and Saturdays at 10:00. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Beebe Library Youth Services Desk at 781.246.6334, extension 3.
About the Wakefield Rotary Club
Founded in 1922, the Wakefield Rotary Club carries a tradition of local service and fellowship. A progressive service organization, the club recognizes the talents and passions of each member and empowers them to benefit the community. A part of Rotary International, the club is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 160 countries worldwide. The first Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1905 by an attorney named Paul Harris and several of his colleagues. The name “Rotary” was derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among each of the members’ offices. The Rotary motto is “Service above self”. For more information, visit www.wakefieldrotaryclub.org.