The East Troy Family Community Resource center recognizes the value of partnering with schools, businesses and the community to form a healthy atmosphere of learning, support and individual growth. We work cooperatively with the local schools to enhance the programming they are already offering to families. We support local businesses by working with them to help educate community members in a variety of ways on the issues that affect their lives and how they can be served by their own community. More than anything, we provide a warm home like environment where no one is ever turned away and where acceptance and support can be found in abundance.
Our family activity nights are held weekly, currently on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m., Thursday evenings in the summer from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. The Family Activity Nights are designed to bring parents and children together to work cooperatively on a variety of projects like luminares, stepping stones and seasonal crafts.
The FRC holds a play group every Wednesday morning throughout the year. We meet at the resource center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. during the school year and at Play More Park from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. during the summer months. This program gives children who normally are at home the opportunity to meet other children. This is a great time for little ones to socialize and learn the valuable lessons of sharing, cooperation and fair play. This also provides caregivers an opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers in the community.
We launched a new venture in the fall of 2010 called Alphabet Adventures. This is a pre-school class held every Tuesday morning from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. that focuses on a different letter each week. Children practice important skills such as coloring, cutting, pasting, counting, writing and color and letter recognition. This class also helps children to develop listening skills, follow directions and pay attention in a class like setting.
Our Home Work Club Program is offered to students at Prairie View Elementary School who are in 3rd through 5th grade. This program is open to students who are identified by their teacher's as needing extra help in completition of home work. This program was started in the spring of 2006 and we have seen an improvement in home work completition and retention among students participating in the program. The program is offered Monday and Wednesday afternoons after school hours at Prairie View and is staffed by myself and volunteers.
The Family and Community Education Nights are designed to increase the knowledge base of community and family members on a variety of topics. Some of the informational and educational topics we have covered are: Alzheimer’s Education, Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, Autism, Financial Planning, Preparing Your Child for School, Healthy Eating, and Will and Estate Planning. These programs are typically presented by local community members, business members and educational staff that have expertise in their particular subject matter. Because we are a community organization we like to work cooperatively with the individuals and businesses in our area as much as possible.
We also offer two annual events for families. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt was established in the spring of 2006. This event is typically held two Saturday's prior to the Easter weekend and includes pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring pages, an Easter Egg Hunt and of course prizes and candy. Our annual Bike Rodeo is held in May each year in coordination with the East Troy Police Department. This event teaches bike and rode safety skills to children through 5th grade and a fee helmet is provided courtesy of Habush, Habush and Rottier of Lake Geneva.