Friday, August 16, 2013

Back to School with the BABES Puppets


It is back to school time and the Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES) Program is getting ready for another busy school year. 

So what is the BABES Program? 

The BABES Program is a program which combines puppets, stories and discussions designed to help school children develop positive living skills.  For the Kindergarten thru 2nd grade the lessons include feelings and self-image, decision making and peer pressure, coping skills, alcohol and drug prevention, asking for help, and when you don’t know what to do.  For the 3rd grade lessons are expanded upon what they learned in a K-2nd grade program.  These lessons include, decision making and peer pressure about smoking, coping with divorce, dealing with feelings, bullying, and what to do when…

Dedicated BABES Volunteers bring the six week prevention program to K-3rd grade students in area schools.  Several of the BABES current volunteers have been facilitating in the classrooms for over 10 years.  The BABES Program is in 18 area schools and a goal that I have is to have the BABES Program in all area schools.  But the program needs more volunteers. 

So, if you have a love of children and a desire to make a difference…then being a BABES Volunteer is right for you!  If you would like more information or would like to attend the next training scheduled for September 17th please contact me at 217-428-6616 or email me at slaesch@doveinc.org

This program is as important now, if not more important, as it was when it began in the 1970’s.

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