Parents as Teachers to hold quarter auction

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Piqua Parents as Teachers is having their semi-annual quarter auction on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Knights of Columbus, 204 W. Ash St. in Piqua. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction starts promptly at 7 p.m. and will last until approximately 9 p.m.

Guests must be 18 and over. Please bring your own quarters. There will be gift cards, gift baskets, jewelry and more.

Thirty dollars will allow you to bid on nearly everything, or you can purchase the “All in Paddle” for $30, which allows you to automatically bid on everything.

Advance tickets are available at Piqua Junior High School and Readmore’s Hallmark, 430 N. Main St. Tickets at the door will be limited.

A hundred percent of the quarters will benefit Piqua Parents as Teachers, a parent education and support program for families of children birth through kindergarten in the Piqua area. The goal of PAT is to help provide parents of these young children the information and support needed to give their children the best possible start in life.

Parents as Teachers is based on two truths: babies are born learning, and parents are their first and most influential teachers. In their first few years, children learn more and at a much faster pace than at any other time. Through Parents as Teachers, parents acquire the skills to help make the most of these crucial early learning years.

Studies have shown some of the positive benefits for the children over time to include greater academic achievement, enhanced socialization skills, improved positive self-esteem, and early identification of delays. The program covers child development and parent-child activities, which encourage language and intellectual growth, motor and social skills.

Locally, Piqua Parents as Teachers has identified many children with early delays, and assisted in getting services & help for them. The organization accomplishes this through a program of personalized home visits, group meetings, playgroups, screenings and serving as a referral source. It is a literacy-based program that is free and voluntary, has universal access, and is unique in its philosophy to work with the strengths of each individual.

The program is currently in its 19th school year of service and is located at Piqua Junior High School.

For more information about Piqua PAT, call (937) 916-3139.

For the Daily Call