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Join us on September 23rd, 2013 for Wyoming First Lady’s Family Night
Family Day is a national initiative created by CASAColumbia to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens.  What started out in 2001 as a grassroots initiative to inform parents about all the benefits of frequent family dinners, has grown into a national movement through CASAColumbia that is supported by a network of partners and sponsors across the country. WHMI Strong Families Strong Wyoming is one of those partners beginning Wyoming First Lady’s Family Night nine years ago as a day to have dinner with your family.  It has evolved and expanded to reflect how important it is to connect with your kids at various times throughout the day including while driving your kids to soccer practice, tucking little ones into bed or having frequent family dinners.  This year’s Wyoming First Lady’s Family Night features a cookbook with healthy, inexpensive, easy to prepare snacks that children can prepare with their families.  There are also fun activities they can enjoy together. WHMI interviewed several 4th grade teachers in the development of the 2013 Family Night concept.  The teachers really liked and supported the Family Night project but wanted to see the project tied more directly to their classroom instruction.  They also believed it was important to promote family time more than just once a year.  As a result: An initial cookbook was created and will be distributed on Family Night (Day), September 23, 2013. In addition, students will receive 3 more 1-page inserts to be added to the initial cookbook that will be distributed throughout the remainder of the school year through email to all fourth grade teachers. The cookbook and inserts include recipes, family fun activities and communication tips as well as focusing on literature, one of the core competencies used by the majority of the schools. Family Night partners for 2013 are Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead, WHMI Strong Families Strong Wyoming, Wyo Quality Counts brought to you by Wyoming Workforce Services, Wyoming Department of Family Services, and WyoCare. Sincerely, WHMI-Strong Families Strong Wyoming
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