WAYNE, NJ - This is an unprecedented time in our history. Who would think a virus would cause such disarray in our lives? Children are being homeschooled, parents are either working from home or out of work. Juggling their new job as “teacher" along with other responsibilities certainly is daunting. 

Students used to the structure of the classroom followed by after school sports, clubs or other activities are now expected to work independently and exhibit a maturity they may not be ready to handle with such short notice. 

The schools have done an amazing job of implementing an instant distance learning curriculum with lesson plans that surely took super human effort. 

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And now comes the challenge. As you know, one of the most important tools parents have for raising healthy teens is structure. While it may seem like more 'work' to keep kids occupied/structured after their home studies are complete for the day, it’s all part of maintaining a healthy home and community. 

The Wayne Alliance works hard to produce quality “edu-tainment" via afterschool clubs at the Boys and Girls Club, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools and in- school assemblies even at the High Schools.  These clubs are on hold while we navigate the Coronavirus.

The reason our afterschool clubs are so successful is that they provide alternative activities for children, tweens and teens with the intention of positively influencing healthy behaviors.  Without these activities, studies show that it’s just too easy to be bored, distracted and tempted to try negative activities that may lead to dangerous outcomes.

That's why we're inviting families to brainstorm some positive afterschool activities that may even bring your family closer.   Once you have decided on your activity and share with us, we'll  publish the most creative videos on our social media pages.  Please send us a 1-2 minute video of some positive activities you and your family are doing after school. That's all you need to do. 

Our Alliance members will choose the most creative videos to play on our social media, and we'll even submit them in our local press releases and see how we can influence other families to host their own “family afterschool club.”

Of course, we ask you to respect a 6' social distance and look forward to making this a healthy and memorable time for you and your family. 

Send your video to: alliance@waynetownship.com along with a description of your activity, your name, email, phone and consent for us to publish.

Questions? Call Robbin Gulino at: 862-686-3112

The Wayne Alliance is a grassroots prevention education committee typically meeting the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the Wayne Health Dept. Currently, meetings are by phone, e-mail and video conferencing.  Volunteers and sponsors welcome. 

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For some people, this can be a very trying time. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call

• 911

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

• New Jersey MentalHealthCares' Disaster Helpline: 866.202.4357 (HELP). A TTY line is available at 877.294.4356. Translation services are available as well.