In its effort to ‘be a good neighbour,’ Alliston Community Christian School has offered a number of parenting workshops over the past year.
Eleanor Miclette, development director at the school, says that parents are indicating an interest in receiving more information and support to raise their children with moral values.
“They have a great desire to give their children a more Christ-centred or morally-centred upbringing,” says Miclette.
One of the parenting workshops made the front page of the local community newspaper, the Essa Times. The workshop, facilitated by Darren Milley, formerly an Ontario Provincial Police officer, now a pastor, deals with bullying. Milley’s premise is that the root of the bullying problem lies with the parents of the ‘players’ in a bullying situation. To truly find solutions, parents must take action, whether their child is the bully or the bullied.
“The response was very good,” says Miclette, noting that most of the workshop participants were parents whose children do not attend the school.
The school’s Grade 4 teacher, Carolyn Morris, has also facilitated two parenting workshops “How to Foster an Intimate Relationship When You Have Kids” and “It’s OK to Say No.”
Miclette says that the latter workshop has been the most popular with parents.
“In today’s society where we try to be our children’s ‘friend’ at times we need to go back to basics and not forget that we are first and foremost parents and that ‘no’ can be part of our parental vocabulary,” says Miclette, adding that the objective isn’t to “quench their spirit but to empower them and protect them for what God has for them in the future.”
The parenting workshops are offered to both parents whose children attend Alliston Christian School and others. They are funded under the school’s Good Neighbour Campaign.
The objective of the Good Neighbour Campaign is to create community awareness as well as “show that we are more than just a school, we are part of this community,” says Miclette.
This year’s Good Neighbour Campaign also included the support of a local hospice, Simcoe Matthews House. For Valentine’s Day, carnations were purchased and all proceeds were donated to the hospice. About $300 was raised.
The school is planning a free car wash for community members in May.