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Adriana Murphy, seventh grade social studies teacher and eighth grade ethics teacher, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD
Mary Anne Reilly, artist, Washington, DC
Use the Internet – google your specific question – such as “ideas for color design for a child’s room,” or “furniture, colors”
After-school art classes or weekend art classes offered by museums and galleries
Art bulletins for college student jobs – organizations with opportunities for art students (such as painting in a house or doing a mural or helping in a gallery)
Scraps found at home – fabric, old magazines, foil, even old clothes, etc.
On any military base, there are many resources for families.
Internet searches – Search for your own specific problem (ex: “help for teens of deployed parents”)
Janice Goldwater, Adoptions Together, Founder and Executive Director
Freddie Mac Foundation offers some resources
Human Rights Campaign “All Children, all families,” for gay and lesbian community
Peter Braverman, Middle School Head, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD
Ted Zeff, Ph.D., author, The Strong Sensitive Boy: Help Your Son Become a Happy, Confident Man
Bryan Caplan, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, George Mason University; Blogger, EconLog
Dr. Ronald Uscinski, neurosurgeon, George Washington University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Medical School
Sharon Monde, Principal, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Arlington, VA, and Susan Holland, Director of Counseling Services, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
First – turn to the counseling department in your school – they will have additional resources to suggest.
PTA President should be another good resource to ask.
Does your school system have a parent resource center? Many do – ask!
Sometimes support groups form within schools or systems; inquire about.
In Arlington, VA, schools hold “Parent Chats” – not held in the school building, bringing the teacher(s) into the community and less formal situations for parents’ access. Good suggestion for YOUR school to sponsor!
Bilingual access – be sure your community offers bilingual access for families who are not fluent in English – ALL community constituents need access to be able to participate. Speak up in their behalf.