Family after-school program set to return to OCSD



The Oswego City School District and County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addiction (COCOAA) are proud and excited to announce the return of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program, designed to help children succeed at school by building stronger relationships at home.
 
FAST is an eight-week partnership between families and schools, held once nightly each week and officials said the program offers a unique and valuable opportunity for both students and parents.
 
“We’ve seen that children who participate in FAST have a decrease in negative behaviors while participating more in school, have a better relationship with their parents and learn how to cope and communicate more effectively,” said Kelly Whitney, FAST Coordinator.
 
The program consists of a FAST Team which includes Community Based Partners, Parent Partners and School Partners. The families meet once per week for an eight week cycle and attends a graduation ceremony at the end.
 
Weekly activities include free weekly meals, door prizes, on-site childcare, special parent-child playtime and an opportunity to meet other parents. 
 
FAST is set to roll out in February, initially at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School and during the summer at Frederick Leighton Elementary School.
 
FAST is looking for Community Partners, Parent Partners and School Partners to help facilitate the program and interact with students and families.
 
If you would like more information on the program and how you can get involved, please contact the FAST Coordinator, Kelly Whitney, at 315-342-2370. Detailed information about FAST can be found at familiesandschool.org.