WAYNE COUNTY — Are you a parent or caregiver of a 6th grader in the Western Wayne School District?

Would you like to help your child transition smoothly into the middle school and make your strong family stronger?

If so, register for the free Strengthening Families program starting at the Western Wayne Middle School on Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Strengthening Families is a seven session program designed to provide youth ages 10-14 with the necessary skills to avoid risky behaviors like drugs and alcohol.

Parents and children begin each Strengthening Families session with a free meal followed by breakout sessions for adults and youth.

During the last hour the families reunite to increase family bonding, positive communication skills and learn to solve problems together.

Youth will benefit from attending the sessions by learning to: prepare for their teen years, communicate with their parents, deal with stress and peer pressure, and avoid alcohol and drug problems.

Parents and caregivers can enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and show love, making house rules, encouraging good behavior, protecting their children from substance abuse, and learning to handle stress.

The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes for attendance, and free child care for younger family members.

For more information or to register for this fun, family oriented program, call Mrs. Kristen Donohue, Western Wayne Middle School Principal, at (800) 321-9973 option 2. Hurry, spots are limited so call today.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Karen Thomas at 570-963-6842 in advance of your participation or visit.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.