JSASD learning center to offer monthly parenting classes

JERSEY SHORE — Last spring, Adrienne Johnston, principal of Jersey Shore Elementary School, was successful in securing a 21st Century Community Learning Grant.

This five-year grant allowed the district to offer an after school program for the 2019-2020 school year. The 21st Century Community Learning Center is able to serve up to 120 students in first through fifth grade and is located at the Jersey Shore Elementary School.

Comprised of students from all three elementary schools, which include Avis and Salladasburg, the Learning Center provides after-school academic enrichment programs for students for 2.5 hours per day, five days per week, 36 weeks of the year.

Students participate in the following programs/activities: Use of computers/iPad to access educational programs, literacy intervention, math intervention, STEM activities, physical education, health and nutrition education, library access, homework help, enrichment activities and field trips to educational sites. The primary goal of the Learning Center is to improve the academic performance of students in the program, while balancing meeting the needs of the whole-child: safety, nutrition, and emotional support.

As part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, the Jersey Shore Area School District received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we will be offering a monthly parenting class beginning in January.

The class will be facilitated by principals Adrienne Johnston and Jennifer Berry-Propst and will be based on the “Make Parenting a Pleasure” curriculum. “Making Parenting a Pleasure” is a research- and evidence-based group parenting curriculum created by Parenting Now.

Sessions will include:

— Handouts, Home Practice Cards, and a DVD lesson.

— Strategies for connecting with your children and strengthening relationships through play.

— Time for parents to discuss parenting “barriers” they encounter.

— Time to connect and share experiences with other parents.

— Skills for coping more effectively with day-to-day stress.

— Building a positive mutually supportive group.