MyCom Youth Corner

The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers an innovative way for adults with children to obtain their GED this summer. The Families Learning Together Program is for GED students with children entering grades 1 – 5.

Families Learning Together is a program designed for families. This fun interactive program not only prepares students for the GED but also provides a summer learning experience for their children to enjoy!

At this summer’s session, The Center for Arts Inspired Learning provided literacy based experiences ranging from drawing and music to exploring science by building paper airplanes and water-fueled rockets.Through a MyCom Out-of-School-Time grant, OhioGuidestone staff provided social-emotional skills and nurturing parenting resources for the families. They facilitated family engagement activities during the last hour of the program that could be duplicated at home such as creating a pizza garden, making butter, designing their own journal, brain-busting blueberry smoothies, career charades and multi-cultural games. The Cuyahoga County Public Library staff stocked the program with books related to content areas, read stories to the children and informed families about all the library has to offer.

Families and staff gathered for a light breakfast and a hearty lunch every day. Over the course of the eight-week program, students, children and staff became a close-knit family that encouraged, inspired and learned from each other. 

This is the third year for the Families Learning Together program at the Parma Library, also held for the first time this year at the Maple Heights library. The program met three days per week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:15 AM to 1:00 PM, beginning June 13th and ending August 3rd. GED students were asked to attend all sessions. Each family could earn a Kindle Fire by having good attendance.

For more information, call Parma ABLE at 440-885-8797. 

Jean Micklewright

MyCom Project Coordinator

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:31 AM, 08.02.2017