Posted Date: 01/12/2018
Two CHS girls plan community baby shower
A brainstorming session with teacher Leah Hoesli, who happened to be pregnant, developed into a creative community service project for two Chanute High School girls.
Jodee Parsons and McKenna Tait are holding a community baby shower on Saturday at Central Park Pavilion for expectant mothers and new parents of children under the age of one. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and guests can show up anytime between those hours.
Through the event, the girls hope to provide valuable information about pre-natal care to the women, access to programs that will help them with parenting skills, a place where they can meet other mothers-to-be and ask questions of experienced mothers, as well as have fun playing games and winning prizes, much like any private baby shower.
Parsons and Tait talked with the local health department about their idea and received some positive feedback as well as the agency’s promise to “spread the word” to other local agencies who help prepare parents for taking care of a newborn child.
“We want to reach mostly low income households. We know in the first few years of a child’s life it’s important that they get the proper care,” Parsons said.
“You’d learn valuable information that would really help you out,” Tait said, and “it’d be a fun time and you’d meet other mothers going through the same thing.”
The Neosho County Health Department, Dr. Greta McFarland, and representatives from Parents as Teachers, Healthy Family, and My Family, plan to attend.
“We’re going to have games they can play and enter to get a prize,” Tait said. There will also be refreshments, such as cupcakes, mints and nuts and punch.
The two have collected prizes that will be benefit expectant or new mothers, such as a car seat, diapers, bathing set, blankets, washcloths, soaps and lotions, bottles and bottle washers.
“We’re also giving away a maternity photo shoot, that a local photographer has donated,” Parsons said.
“And all the people we’ve partnered with will have door prizes,” Tait added.
“So everybody will leave with something,” Parsons added.
Organizing the baby shower is a project the girls are doing for FCCLA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Students develop projects, in this case one dealing with community service, and then plan the event, develop a budget, find sponsors or raise money for donations, and publicize the event. They document the entire process and then present the program to judges at a district competition. Those who finish at the top of their category may qualify for state or national competition.
Their goal is to help 20 low-income women who are expecting or new parents.
Story By: Connie Woodard