Block parents in Ponoka

The last time Ponoka had a Block Parent program was three years ago ...

The last time Ponoka had a Block Parent program was three years ago and Lynn Squance, Alberta Block Parent Association (ABPA) administrator hopes to revive it.

Two people from the association will canvass Ponoka and surrounding towns June 27 to July 1 to try and drive interest as well as raise funds for the program.

“It’s a really good way of getting in and talking to people,” she said.

Squance feels every town could use this program as it can help children and seniors who need aid.

What does it take to become a Block Parent?

It begins with a criminal records check for anyone over 12 years in the household. Successful applicants will then have a trained block parent inspect the house to ensure certain safety requirements are met.

Once offered, a Block Parent will then be able to put a special Block Parent sign up in the front window indicating their availability.

The argument has been made to Squance that most kids have cellphones today, which negates the need for the program.

She disagrees, “What’s the first thing a bully takes? The cellphone.”

The ABPA also presents information to elementary school students in an effort to educate them on bullying and dealing with strangers.

Expect to see two Block Parent representatives in Ponoka selling calendars and drumming up interest in the program. Funds earned will be earmarked to Ponoka for two years in case a program starts up again in that time.

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