Greene County Schools plans three Tuesdays of parent/community education

Also, former Cyclone Royce White to speak on the stigma of mental health issues

Spinning off the adage that it takes a village to raise a child, the Greene County school district is hosting a pair of workshops, “Building Your Village – Empowering Families, Building Community.” The free workshops will include supper, childcare, and door prizes.

The workshops will address questions asked by many parents, like “How do I know what my child is doing online?”, “Is my child using drugs, vaping or drinking?”, Can I be sure my child isn’t getting bullied, or bullying?”, or “How can I help my child cope with stress and anxiety?”

The Building Your Village workshops will utilize local experts to cover topics suggested by Greene County school district families who completed a survey last spring.

The first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 pm at the elementary school. Topics will include:
• Bullying – Empowering the victim, Supporting the perpetrator (Kyle Kinne)
• Technology and Online Safety (Trooper McCreedy and Jefferson Telecom)
• Coping with Stress and Anxiety (Dr. David Ohrt)

The second workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 pm at the middle school. Topics will include:
• Substance Abuse (Captain Heath Enns)
• Technology and Online Safety (Trooper McCreedy and Jefferson Telecom)
• Coping with Stress and Anxiety (Dr. David Ohrt)

Parents/guardians are invited to attend one or both workshops.

The public is invited to “A Conversation with Royce White” Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 7:30 pm at Greene County High School.

White played basketball for the Iowa State Cyclones during the 2011-12 season and went on to play professional basketball. He has taken as his personal cause helping to decrease the stigma society continues to place on mental health issues.
He will speak about his commitment to transforming how mental health is addressed in our conversations.

All are welcome at the free event.

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