ACS wants to help shape summer plans

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Calling all kids and parents!
On Wednesday, May 4th, Army Community Service, here, will be hosting an outdoor Open House from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Kids will be able to jump in the bouncy house and cool down with a shave ice, while parents pick up literature and educational materials from a variety of agencies, including Outdoor Recreation, Island Palm Communities, the Sgt. Yano Library, and Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC).

A hula dance will be performed by a group of kids from the SKIES program. In addition, the Federal Fire Department, along with the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES), will be on hand – with a fire truck – to inform parents about safe summer practices.

McGruff, the crime dog, is scheduled to make an appearance, too, and the staff at ACS reports a rumor that Batman may be showing up, as well.

Memorablia gathered over 49 years lines the history wall inside the Army Community Service building, above.

Memorablia gathered over 49 years lines the history wall inside the Army Community Service building, above.

The intent of the open house is to provide information on safe and fun options for the summer season and to connect people to various services offered through the Family Advocacy Program and ACS, according to Shea Evenson, event coordinator and FAP social service educator.

The open house is designed to be a fun opportunity to learn about the many ACS programs, including New Parent Support (NPSP), Exceptional Family Members (EFMP), MFLC and Victim Advocacy (VAP).

Kids will enjoy collecting colorful stickers, beach balls, reusable water bottles and lunch bags, as parents collect tips and tools for providing fun, safe and reasonably-priced (or free) options for keeping busy during the school break.

“In addition to kids having a great time, at previous open houses at ACS, I have observed parents and community members gathering together to make smart family plans,” said Dr. David Ascher, senior prevention specialist for the FAP-ED program.

The FAP offers a variety of free, voluntary classes and activities, including Anger & Conflict Solutions, Stress Solutions, Toon Time Movie, Play Mornings, and the S.A.F.E.R. Group.

The offerings include a variety of parenting classes, such as Parenting 101, Infant Massage, a Breastfeeding Class, 123 Magic, Scream Free Parenting, and Daddy Boot Camp.
(Editor’s note: DFMWR is part of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.)

Contact ACS
For more information, call 655-4227, or to sign up for classes, go to www.himwr.com.

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