Trivia fundraiser benefits child abuse prevention

CONYERS -- Children don't come with handbooks, and sometimes parents need that extra boost to help them help their children grow up happy and healthy. Enter Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through parent education.

Funded by donations and grants, Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale offers an array of parenting classes at Conyers First United Methodist Church and sends representatives to Rockdale Medical Center, as well as into the homes of teen and young adult mothers to provide parents with skills required to raise their children in safe, nurturing environments.

In order to help accomplish its goals, the organization is holding its annual Trivia Night fundraiser on June 1 at 7 p.m. at Corner Market, 1775 Parker Road, on the corner of Flat Shoals and Parker roads.

The event offers an evening of Trivial Pursuit-type questions, a snack supper and drinks, a silent auction, door prizes and a cash prize for the winning team. Cost is $15 per person.

"It's just been growing every year and it's a fun night," said Diane Howington, director of Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, of the event which is in its third year.

Howington said it's also a good opportunity to enjoy bargains from the silent auction table, such as tickets to places like the World of Coke, Wilderness at the Smokies and Wild Animal Safari.

Howington said in the past the event has drawn about 100 people and this year the goal is to raise at least $6,000.

"We really are dependent on the community and the donations to keep us going," said Howington.

Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale recently restarted its First Steps program at Rockdale Medical Center in which a coordinator meets with new parents to determine if they need assistance with parenting classes, food, clothes or earning high school diplomas.

The nonprofit's teen parenting program is also in full swing. PCAR representatives visit the homes of mothers between the ages of 12 and 25 on a weekly basis and offer assistance for up to six months. The program serves about 110 families in both Rockdale and Newton counties.

"A lot of girls refer their friends," Howington said.

Ongoing parenting classes at Conyers First Methodist include Active Parenting Now, teen parenting, parenting for children with ADHD, Spanish parenting classes, and Managing Stress and Anger in the Family.

The parenting classes serve more than 1,000 families each year.

"We have classes all over the place, wherever the need is," said Howington.

To learn more, visit www.pcarockdale.org.