”Prime Study Space” available in Dickson City

A Dickson City business that helps students improve their math skills is offering a little help for families struggling to adjust to distance learning.

Mathnasium recently opened Prime Study Space to provide a safe and comfortable spot for students to learn online. Facilitators who have passed a background check will keep students ages 6 and up on task in all subjects, allowing parents to focus on other commitments.

“As parents, we know how difficult it is to try to work while trying to make sure our children are focusing on online classes,” said Mathnasium owner Mohit Patel. “That is why we have come up with a safe environment where students can come to do their school work while being supervised with our trained facilitators.”

Prime Study Space sessions run for four hours each weekday. Parents will have the option of what time they want to attend between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sessions include fast internet, a private desk and a power outlet for each child.

Mathnasium of Dickson City follows strict social distancing and disinfecting protocols, including mask and temperature checks. The facilitator-to-student ratio is 1:7 or better and space is limited.

Prime Study Space is distinct from Mathnasium’s math-only instruction programs, which build a student’s foundation and ability to succeed in mathematics, problem-solving and critical thinking. But it aligns with Mathnasium’s goal to facilitate learning and change lives through education.

Mathnasium of Dickson City has served families in Scranton/Dickson City since 2017.

For more information, visit www.mathnasium.com/DicksonCity.

Women’s Resource Center gets federal grant

The Women’s Resource Center received $1.15 million in federal funding to support their housing and legal assistance initiatives.

The funds are disbursed through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, according to a press release from U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic.

“WRC serves 2,000 survivors each year and 60% of them report needing housing and/or legal assistance,” said Margaret A. Ruddy, executive director for the Women’s Resource Center serving Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties. “These funds are crucial to keeping families safe in our community.”

The Women’s Resource Center will receive $600,000 through the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program to support one full-time staff attorney, two full-time legal advocates, a bilingual legal assistant and a full-time legal director to address survivors’ needs.

They will also receive $550,000 through the Transitional Housing Assistance Program to aid victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are experiencing homelessness or in need of transitional housing as a result of their victimization. The grant will fund program-leased housing options including scattered-site rental assistance.

Since 1976, Women’s Resource Center has offered free services to those experiencing domestic violence in Lackawanna and Susquehanna County regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Local pet store raising money for shelters

A local pet supply store is making it easy to help animal shelters this month.

Until Sept. 30, customers at Pet Valu can purchase a $5, limited edition bandanna, with all of the proceeds being donated to local shelters and pet rescues. The stores will also accept monetary donations, with people who donate being recognized with paper paw prints hung in the shop windows. Pet Valu will also host a pet adoption weekend on Sept. 26 and 27.

Last year, Pet Valu helped raise more than $400,000 for local rescues and shelters through this effort.

“Pet Appreciation Month is an important annual initiative during which we collect much needed funds and food product for rescues in our local communities. While we had to postpone this year’s fundraiser, originally scheduled for April, we know that rescues have been greatly affected by COVID-19 and need our help more than ever,” said Ally Homa, Pet Valu’s senior marketing manager.

For more information about Pet Appreciation Month and Pet Valu’s philanthropic efforts, visit givingback.us.petvalu.com/national/pet-appreciation-month/.

Red Cross in need of volunteers

With experts predicting a busier than normal wildfire and hurricane season, not to mention the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and disasters that happen closer to home, the Red Cross is looking for community volunteers.

The pandemic makes it difficult to train volunteers, who are desperately needed to help in their own communities as well as elsewhere across the country when disaster strikes. Right now, there’s an urgent need for volunteers to support sheltering efforts. Because of COVID-19, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters. To help keep people safe, the Red Cross have put in place additional precautions and developed special training for its workforce.

The Red Cross need volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks to help those in need. They also need nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians, parademics and other health care workers to volunteer in shelters to assess people’s health. There are also volunteer opportunities available for certified nursing assistants, home health aides, student nurses and medical students.

If you are interested in helping our community should a disaster occur, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday or contact 1-800-RED CROSS.

Music program available for veterans

The Electric City Steel Drum Project is launching an exciting new program meant for veterans and their families.

Funded by The Robert H. Spitz Fundation, the free Steel of Honor program is aimed at bringing together veterans to experience the healing effects of music. No musical experience is necessary, and the program is open to veterans and their families, including children 10 and up.

Classes are being held from 4 to 4:50 p.m. on Mondays and 5 to 5:50 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Because it is an ongoing program, additional dates and times will be added to meet students’ needs.

The Electric City Steel Drum Project is a 501c(3) nonprofit located at The Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton. For more information or to register for classes, visit www.ecsteel.org or email programs@ecsteel.org.

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