Last Friday (March 25) was the grand opening of the Parent Information and Wellness Center, a new resource room for parents and families, located at the Jones School.
The Stoughton Public Schools, in partnership with the Stoughton Youth Commission and the Stoughton YMCA, created this center to “provide programs, resources and information for Stoughton families.”
About three-dozen people attended last Friday’s grand opening, including parents, community members and school administration. IKEA-Stoughton donated the furniture for the center, located on the second floor of the Jones School. Many man-hours went into assembling the furniture and transforming this room into a resource for the community.
During the school year, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, a nurse from the Stoughton Public Schools (Wednesdays), staff from the Stoughton Youth Commission (Thursdays) and staff from the YMCA (Fridays) will be available, offering assistance and running various programs.
“The Parent Wellness Center has such potential to reach Stoughton families in a multitude of ways. The benefit of having weekly access to the programs offered by Stoughton School Department, the Youth Commission and the Old Colony Y is simply incredible,” Stoughton Patch Mother Knows Best Columnist Christine Iacobucci said.
She continued: “I am very excited and thankful to be involved in this innovative project. Pat Small and Prue Goodale have been gracious enough to afford me the opportunity to coordinate various programs on Mondays and Tuesdays. Thus far, we have events scheduled with the both the Stoughton MOMS Club and the Stoughton MOMS Council. The first Monday event will be a FREE storytime, tentatively scheduled for April 4 at 8:45. My intention of the 8:45 start time is to provide families a more viable option, and easier transition, for their little ones after dropping off of their school age children. I am hopeful that the Center will be consistently open five mornings a week. The sky is the limit with this endeavor!”
Take a photo tour of the center (and see pictures of the room as it was being transformed) in the media gallery above and watch video of Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi’s remarks during the center’s grand opening.