September Newsletter
September is a super busy month for many. Keep up with  our community calendar and thanks for  following us here!
Please be alert for kids boarding school buses as school gets back into full swing! When driving, stay a safe distance back, always watch for the blinking lights and stop signals on the buses that are letting drivers know it's time to slow down and come to a full stop. Let's keep our kids safe! To our parents, teachers, school staff, administrators, and school students, have a great school year!!
The Right Car Seat, Used the Right Way
"The Right Car Seat, Used the Right Way" is the theme for C hild Passenger Safety Week, September 17-23  . This observance emphasizes that the best way to protect children in a car is to secure them in the right car seat, at the right time, and to use it the right way every time Take note of the sobering statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The  NHTSA reported the following percentage of child fatalities who were unrestrained in passenger vehicles: 
  • 20% of children less than 1 year of age; 
  • 28% of children who were 1 to 3 years of age; 
  • 36% of children who were 4 to 7 years of age; 
  • 43% of children who were 8 to 12 years of age; and
  • 60% of children who were 13 to 14 years of age. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Children 2015 Data) 
Furthermore, the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project  warns that "Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). In Pennsylvania, from 2012 - 2016, 82 percent of the children under age 4 who were involved in crashes and restrained in a car seat sustained no injury (2016 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics)." Deaths and injuries can be prevented by correct use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Help to protect our children by sharing safety information and car seat instructions with parents and caregivers.  See safety specifics for each different type of car seat.

Please note: The enhanced Pennsylvania Occupant Protection law requires that children younger than age 2 be secured in a rear-facing car seat. 

To educate the community and to answer questions about car seat safety, the Tioga County Partnership's Safe Kids Workgroup is sponsoring a local 
Car Seat Safety Check on September 13th at the Wellsboro Maternal Family Health Services (WIC program) office, at 5 East Avenue, Wellsboro. 
For more information and to reserve a spot call MFHS (WIC) at 570-724-5910.

Learn more at the  Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project.
First Delivery of Strengthening Families Program Successful
(Click picture for printable flyer.)
 The first delivery of 7 weekly parent + youth sessions of the Strengthening Families:10-14 Years Program has been completed.    Each session involved a family meal, a parent workshop, a separate youth workshop, and a family group workshop concluded the evenings. During the 2.5 hour Tuesday evening sessions, family members learned, reviewed, and practiced new communication and bonding techniques in a supportive atmosphere. In addition to coordinating and facilitating at all sessions,  Program Coordinator, McKenna Light administered  pre and post surveys to monitor the program's impact and ensured fildelity to the program by working with the program's developer from Iowa State University.
The Partnership would like thank the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro  for graciously providing the spaces needed for this program. A big thank you to Pop's Culture Shoppe, Anja Stam,   for providing a large portion of the final special family meal and also for supporting the program through her membership on the Communities That Care Workgroup who advises evidence-based prevention program selection. 
The next delivery of this program will begin on September 19th at a Mansfield location!  Please refer interested families to McKenna Light at 570-723-0520 or email:

September is Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) increases awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates people in long-term recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. 

This year's Recovery Month theme focuses on rural and frontier communities, the criminal justice system, communityand faith-based organizations, and public health professionals and departments, highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society. The theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities," encourages communities to be socially inclusive, offering support to those with mental and/or substance use disorders, as well as the chance to seek help, lend a hand, and contribute to their community as citizens, parents, employees, students, volunteers, and leaders. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Recovery Month 2017 flyer.)

See SAMHSA's Recovery Month 2017  flyer here.

Learn more and get resources to celebrate Recovery Month.
Upcoming Events and Announcements!

Th e Endless Mountains Arts Cooperative (EMAC), a fiscal sponsorship of the Tioga County Partnership, is recruiting new Board Member volunteers! This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in a budding cultural collaborative and the local arts scene! Learn more about the volunteering opportunity here and visit EMAC online .

Northern Tier Camp Cadet Golf Tournament Sept 16th fundraiser golf tournamant at Tyoga Country Club. 9 am Registration, 10 am Start.
TRYathlon at Hills Creek Sept 16th at Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro. FMI visit
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Threat Assessment at MU October 25, 1:30-2:30pm. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (REQUIRED).  Sponsored by Tioga County Partnership's Opioid Coalition (Drug Taskforce)
Safe Teen Driver Event: Wellsboro Wellsboro Highschool on Oct. 27th. Generously funded by Shell Appalachia.
Safe Teen Driver Event: Northern Tioga
Williamson Highschool on Nov. 6th.  Generously funded by Shell Appalachia.
Safe Teen Driver Event: Southern Tioga Liberty Highschool on Nov. 17th. Generously funded by Shell Appalachia. 
24th Tioga County Partnership Annual Meeting October 18th, 4-6pm at the Deane Center, Main St. Wellsboro. RSVP by Oct 4th. Call 570-723-0520 or email:
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct 28th, 10-2pm at participating locations. See our list of fulltime collection sites here.
Elder Services Fall Seminar October 12, 10am-2pm, Morris Fire Dept. at 2001 Route 287.  Guest speaker: Rep. Matt Baker! Topics: Rx Medication Return with Wellsboro Police Dept., Elder Law, and more! RSVP to 570-723-0520.
5K Run Past Cancer Oct. 28th at Smythe Park in Mansfield. 10 am-5K, 9:30am-Fun Run. Register online at: FMI: Call Terry at 410-428-8615.
Resource Awareness Open House 
Nov. 9th, 6-8 pm as part of Addiction Awareness Week at Williamson Highschool. Highlighting all resources available to students and parents. Call The Partnership for more details: 570-723-0520
Ives Run Trail Challenge Oct 14., 10 am, Ives Run Recreation Area. FMI visit

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