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Program Allows for Fathers and Kids to Bond
John Kim, Associate Director, Collaboration Berea College Promise Neighborhood
One Friday morning each month, dads and kids meet long before school is in session for breakfast and bonding. The monthly gathering is part of All Pro Dad’s Day, a national program that provides an opportunity for busy dads to spend quality time with their children in a school setting. Mary Ann Keck, Promise Neighborhood Family Engagement Specialist for Jackson County, started All-Pro Dads Day after attending the Victory Over Violence Conference in Louisville four years ago and hearing about the program for the first time. The focus on fathers playing a major role in their child’s development appealed to her. She also liked that the program adapted meeting times to mornings before school in order to accommodate the busy work schedules of dads, many with schedules that make it difficult to attend traditional school events and activities. The early morning gatherings provide much needed bonding and sharing time for children and fathers. If a student does not have a father, the program allows uncles, grandfathers, school staff and other male role models to step in and fill the gap.
Hospice/WWAG Radio Day Returns December 1st
Berea, Ky., 23 Nov. 2016– For the second time in two years, Hospice Care Plus is partnering with WWAG-FM for a special Hospice Radio Day program on December 1 from noon until 4 p.m. The WWAG-Hospice Radio Day will feature several special guests, including entertainment by Phillip Akemon, Jerry Sparks and wife Carmen Leah, and "Granny," whose performance of "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem" at last year's Radio Day helped put Hospice over its fundraising goal. Other special guests include local business and civic leaders and families who have received hospice care and want to share their stories. The phones will be open during the entire four hours to accept pledges of support for hospice care and for on-air testimonials. “This was a new fundraiser for us when we did it last year,” says Brenna Wallhausser with Hospice Care Plus. “And it was so much fun, and so moving, that we couldn't wait to do it again. It also far surpassed the modest goal we set and raised over $5,000."