New or­ga­ni­za­tion hopes to help in­form county par­ents

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— A new or­ga­ni­za­tion is hop­ing to bring Ce­cil County par­ents to­gether to stay in­formed about lo­cal events and to ad­vo­cate for mak­ing the county a more fam­ily-friendly place.

Ce­cil County Par­ents for Progress was started ear­lier this year by two Ris­ing Sun par­ents, Me­gan Wiecek and Kelly Dick­ens, who wanted to cre­ate one place where par­ents could see all the fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing in the county. Erin Dy­moski, an­other Ris­ing Sun par­ent, teamed up with Wiecek and Dick­ens ear­lier this month to run so­cial me­dia for the group, and its Face­book page al­ready has more than 225 likes.

But though the page started out as a fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties re­source for par­ents, in re­cent weeks the group has started to move more to-

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ward “the po­lit­i­cal realm” and con­sider how it can best ad­vo­cate for par­ents and fam­i­lies, Dy­moski said.

“We had heard a lot about the up­com­ing elec­tion and we de­cided that we wanted to make our own de­ci­sions about who is go­ing to help cre­ate the best Ce­cil County for our kids,” she said. “It didn’t start out that way, and ad­vo­cacy isn’t the only pur­pose of it, but it def­i­nitely goes with the over­all mis­sion of the page, which is to make sure fam­i­lies have ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties for their kids.”

Ce­cil County Par­ents for Progress grew out of the Ris­ing Sun El­e­men­tary School PTA’s Face­book page, which fre­quently posts about events hap­pen­ing at the school and around Ris­ing Sun. But Wiecek, who is also a teacher at Calvert El­e­men­tary School, and Dick­ens, who’s in­volved with the Ris­ing Sun Mom’s Club, saw a need for a page with in­for­ma­tion about events all over the county, not just in Ris­ing Sun, Dy­moski said.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Elk­ton Parks and Recreation Depart­ment and the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary are al­ready in­volved with the group, and Dy­moski said the or­ga­ni­za­tion would love to even­tu­ally have some­one in­volved “from ev­ery facet of kid life in Ce­cil County.”

And though the or­ga­ni­za­tion doesn’t in­tend to ex­plic­itly en­dorse any­one in the up­com­ing elec­tion, it does hope to pro­vide par­ents in­for­ma­tion about the dif­fer­ent can­di­dates and help par­ents un­der­stand how the elec­tion could af­fect op­por­tu­ni­ties for their fam­i­lies, Dy­moski said.

Dy­moski said Ce­cil County Par­ents for Progress is still in the early stages and there’s many dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions the or­ga­ni­za­tion could go in as more peo­ple get in­volved. But the group’s core goal of putting all the in­for­ma­tion Ce­cil County par­ents need in one place will stay the same, she said.

“I feel like there’s so many things that Ce­cil County has to of­fer, but I feel like peo­ple don’t al­ways know about them and so I do feel like this is a nice, easy way for peo­ple to get in­volved,” Dy­moski said. “When peo­ple are given in­for­ma­tion, they re­spond in ways that you’d never an­tic­i­pate – in a good way. We all want to see pos­i­tive changes in our county, we all want to see the sup­port for our kids and the fu­ture of the county.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with the group can con­tact Ce­cil County Par­ents for Progress at cc­par ents4progress@gmail.com.

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