All local families are invited to join in on the fun! Waynesville (September 19, 2014) – Pack the kids in the stroller and roll on over to Haywood County’s first-ever Roll and Read– Powered by Parents as Teachers. The focus is on physical well-being and early literacy. On September 19 from 10:30am to 12:00pm, Parents As Teachers will collaborate with the Waynesville Recreation Center and sponsor a walk along the Recreation Center nature trail. Parents and children can walk, bike, skate, push a stroller or pull a wagon from the Waynesville Recreation Center parking lot to the Waynesville Recreation Park, as well as enjoy select children’s stories at points along the way. The party is open to families with children of all ages, not just those participating in Parents as Teachers programs. Roll and Read will also offer additional educational activities for families. This will include a “Safety House” provided by the Waynesville Fire Department to discuss fire safety, raffle prizes, and free books for children who attend. Additionally, trained staff will be on hand to discuss child development, suggest appropriate children’s books and answer other related questions parents may have. This event is one of several being held in communities across the United States in September, as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Parents as Teachers (PAT). Internationally, PAT provides curriculum and training to support families with children from pregnancy through kindergarten. In Haywood County, Parents As Teachers is funded by SmartStart and is based at KARE. Haywood PAT has been serving families since 2001. It is part of a network of more than 2,000 PAT programs worldwide. For more information about the Parents as Teachers international organization, visit www.ParentsAsTeachers.org. For more information about Haywood County Parents As Teachers, please visit KARE’s website at www.karehouse.org, or call 828-456-8995.