WCTE Invites YOU to a Back-to-School BASH! July 15th

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When it comes to helping at-risk families, there are always opportunities for the community to get involved. One great opportunity will be on July 15th at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. WCTE, the Power of Putnam, Life Church, and Putnam County Schools are celebrating with a huge back-to-school bash.

The event will include bounce houses, a petting zoo, PLUS free pizza, burgers, and drinks. And if that wasn’t enough, PBS Kids character Curious George will be there! There will also be school supplies for all students who attend any K-8 school in the Upper Cumberland.

This back-to-school bash is just one way that WCTE and their community partners can eliminate some stress for families who need costly school supplies for multiple students. The back-to-school bash will allow each child to select their own school supplies. If a parent is attending without their students they can select supplies for up to two children.

The back-to-school bash begins at 4 p.m. on July 15th at the Putnam County Fairgrounds and ends at 8 p.m. The event will be under grandstands so weather will not be an issue. WCTE encourages parents, grandparents, foster parents, aunts and uncles and other caregivers to bring the children to the Putnam County Fairgrounds for this wonderful event

WCTE Get Ready to Learn radio host Cynthia Putman spoke with Bill Gibson, the executive director of Power of Putnam, and Jennifer Matthews, the assistant director of Power of Putnam about the work their organization does to help keep our community healthy, happy, and safe.

Power of Putnam conducts frequent workshops and training for restaurants and grocery stores in order to ensure their employees are in compliance with the state laws concerning the sale of alcohol. Gibson said that many young people around the age of 12 and 13 in the Upper Cumberland area are experimenting with alcohol.

The goal of Power Putnam is to raise awareness in our school systems about the dangers of underage drinking and the use of prescription pills. Matthews cites a survey of middle and high school students across the Upper Cumberland. The results are a shocking reminder of how easy it is for underage children to obtain alcohol. Power of Putnam and many of their community partners will be staffing the fairgrounds for the back-to-school bash and encourage everyone to come out and have some back-to-school  fun.

Many times, children who are struggling with feelings of worthlessness and low self esteem turn to alcohol and other substances. If you are a parent looking for ways to help build your child’s self esteem, check out this great resource from PBS Parents on how to raise a child with healthy self esteem.  

We also encourage you to check out Power of Putnam on Facebook and online at http://www.powerofputnam.org/.

The organization states its mission as:

To unite the diverse elements of Putnam County in a united substance abuse prevention effort designed to empower individuals, strengthen families and build character and resiliency, resulting in drug free children and youth.

The Purpose of the Power of Putnam is:

  • To prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including under-age drinking, in Putnam County.

  • To reduce substance-related problems in Putnam County.

  • To build an infrastructure for prevention activities and the capacity for building personal assets in children and youth at the community level.

If you have additional school supplies that you would like to donate for school students you can drop them off at the WCTE office on Broad Street or at the Power of Putnam office on Broad Street here in Cookeville. You may also contact WCTE at 931-528-2222 for additional information.

Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.