The “You Pave the Way” program is designed to assist students and their parents with issues affecting young people. The program is based on Hand’s book “31 Things to Raise a Child’s Self Esteem” and will kick off locally Tuesday night with an event at the Sumiton Community Center.
“This is a national program that can be a tool that parents and students can use to impact others,” Hand said. “When I started the program, I did it because I wanted to pay it forward and give back to my community. I’m very excited that “You Pave the Way” will now be moving forward in Walker County schools.”
Hand said Tuesday’s kickoff meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m., will be the first of six stops for “You Pave the Way” across Walker County. She said at Tuesday’s event the first 25 families will receive a free copy of the book on which the program is based. All families in attendance will receive a copy of one of Hand’s novels, she said.
“We’ll give away copies of the book and each person will go home with handouts to help them deal with particular issues, including bullying and shyness,” Hand said.
Hand said representatives from the Walker County Board of Education, including Superintendent Jason Adkins, will speak at Tuesday’s kickoff.
“A few of us will take five or 10 minutes to speak and then we will field questions from the audience,” Hand said.
Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis will moderate the question and answer period, Hand said.
“I’m happy to be part of anything that can help kids in our community,” Ellis said. “As a city, we are glad to be able to host the event and we want to welcome anyone from across Walker County to come and check out the program.”
“You Pave the Way” was designed by the Edie Hand Foundation. More information can be found under the programs tab at www.ediehandfoundation.org.