I’m thankful for the memories of my time in college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas and the friendship of my Sigma Kappa sisters. It was fun touching base Sunday evening at the banquet honoring those of us who joined 50 years ago. (Boy that number is hard to wrap my head around!) Not having close ties to my high school because I was only there two years with my closest friends being Air Force Brats (who are who knows where), attending the sorority gathering filled a gap.
I’m thankful for the family members we have in Wichita Falls and getting to visit with them. while attending the Junior League Christmas Fair Sunday afternoon. Wichita Falls is the setting for the 4th book in The Second Chances Series. (I did buy a couple of gifts for the grands and the daughters!. 🙂 )
My great niece Avery West & me in front of one of the many Christmas trees.
When Bob and I visited a month ago for his 50th high school reunion, we spent quite a bit of time wandering the campus. I took many pictures of what I hope will be the setting of another future book. I’m thankful that when Bob served on the Board of Regents, he fought for the beautiful arches that are a distinctive mark of the buildings.
I’m thankful for the good people who support the Parents as Teachers program in Texas, the US, and many countries around the worldincluding Canada, Great Britain, Germany, China, West Indies, Virgin Islands, Australia, and New Zealand.
Our pastor asked us to find what we were passionate enough about to get involved. For me it’s Parents as Teachers. After many years in the public school sector wearing many hats, I’m convinced that if all families had access to the support of this program, not only would our schools be better but our world would be better.
From a FWISD flyer about the program: PAT is an evidence based program located at the school and in the home. The curriculum is based on reliable and current research in areas of child development and neuroscience and addresses the five areas of school readiness that play key roles in children’s success in school as identified by the National Education Goals Panel. Those are: physical well-being and motor development, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language development and cognition and general knowledge.
Trained parent educators are located at schools, but spend most of their time doing home visitation. Weekly Learn and Play sessions are held at the school for parents and their children. Sometimes these programs are in childcare settings. In the US, there is recognition of the value of home visitation programs and funds are available in ways they haven’t been before.
Monday, I attended part of the PAT Annual Conference in Dallas earlier this week where my good friend Julie Miers, the FWISD PAT Coordinator, received an Impact Prize for her program, which is the largest in the world!!!
Charles B. Mullins, MD received the Jeanette Watson, Texas PAT Advocacy Award from (L) Elaine Shiver, Director Texas PAT and (R) Lyn Clark, President MHAT
It was fun meeting parent educators from the UK Janice Saunders and Pauline Penfield. (Helena Fairfax, I told them about you. 🙂 )