The Riverside PROmoting School, community and university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is holding a spring vendor craft fair on Saturday, April 6, at the Riverside East Elementary School, 900 School Street, Moosic, from 10 AM – 3 PM, which will benefit PROSPER’s evidence-based drug and alcohol prevention programs at the school.

Direct sale vendors and crafters will be selling products and handcrafted items such as jewelry, hair bows, candles, home décor, soap, American Girl and Barbie clothes, and more. In addition, free pictures with the Easter bunny and face painting will be available from 11 AM – 2 PM. Door prizes will be given throughout the day and food will be available. Admission is $2 per person with children under 12 free.

The PROSPER project is an innovative model for bringing evidence based prevention programs to communities in order to strengthen youth, families, and the community. The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors.

The Riverside School District has participated in the PROSPER project since 2015. A team which consists of Penn State Extension, school personnel, students, families, community leaders, health and social service providers, and others work together to implement and sustain scientifically-proven programs that meet the needs of family and youth in the Moosic and Taylor area. Currently, The Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth 10-14 is being implemented in the community. This initiative is a free seven week, two-hour program, which improves parenting skills, builds life skills in youth and strengthens family bonds.

For more information about the spring vendor craft fair or to sell at the event, call Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.

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