The Alta Mothers of Preschoolers held a pancake breakfast at the Alta Community Center on Sunday morning.
Profits neared $900 with over 200 supporters attending. Although the breakfast yielded less than expected, Shelley Flaherty, serving on the steering board in charge of finances, commented, "We were very well supported by all those who attended this year." The Alta Kiwanis volunteered their time manning the griddles to help out the cause. A bake sale also enhanced the profits with all the active mothers in the program donating all of the baked goods for sale.
The annual breakfast and bake sale was started last year to help fund miscellaneous needs for their program. "By raising money through our breakfast and bake sale, we don't have to keep raising our dues each year," stated Flaherty. Although those who participate in MOPS pay dues each time they attend a meeting, this does not cover all of the group's needs throughout the year. Yearly expenses can include crafts, decor and children's activities for their twice-monthly meetings, as well as helping other area MOPS groups fund programs and scholarships for those who cannot afford the dues needed to attend the meetings.
The Alta MOPS group, presently consisting of 30 to 35 mothers each meeting, will be heading into their third year, convening during school months every first and third Wednesday of the month at the United Methodist Church. "We meet to give each other support and gain education, as well as to help mothers realize how valuable and important their role as a mother is," said Flaherty. The group extends their welcome to all mothers of children from birth up to school age from the surrounding area. Anyone interested in attending this fall may contact the MOPS Coordinator, Lorie Stanton at 200-2358.
The preschool childrenwho attend meetings with their mothers, referred to as Mopetts, are taken care of by volunteers from the area that are willing to not only occupy the youngsters time, but to teach and give needed hugs.
"The volunteers that help with the Moppets help give mom her much needed time to relax and enjoy the programs during the meeting," said Flaherty. The group is always looking for new volunteers to help with the 50-plus preschoolers that attend each meeting. If you are interested in volunteering you may contact Stephanie Archer at 712-288-5833.