New organization hopes to help inform county parents
— 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-
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 email@example.com.