Parents as Teachers got a big financial boost for their Fatherhood Program today when PAT officials accepted a $3,500 Venture Grant from Joe and Janet Aleshire. The money will enable PAT to continue to provide a meal at their weekly meeting for fathers for the next year and to pay for a parent educator.
Leslie Petty says any family which resides within the USD 501 school district can be a part of the Parents as Teachers Fatherhood Program. “Not only dads, but sometimes uncles come, grandfathers or a boyfriend that’s involved with the family.” Any male with a child from age birth to five is welcome at the meetings which are held each Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Quinton Heights at 2331 SW Topeka Boulevard. After dinner, the fathers can visit while their children play. “A lot of times dads come and have a problem and learn that other dads are facing the same issues,” said Petty.
Students from Washburn University’s Leadership Institute helped play a role in getting the Venture Grant to Parents as Teachers. As part of a project, the students helped develop a grant process which lead to the financial gift from the Aleshire’s to Parents as Teachers.