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MOPS enrolling for new school year; first meeting Sept. 9 at First Baptist

Milam County MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is enrolling member now for the 2009- 10 school year, according to an announcement by Sarah Batten.

First meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 9. Meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. each second Wednesday at First Baptist Church and last for two hours. Meetings are held September through May.

"There is an annual fee of $50," Batten said, "and it can be paid all at once or in two installments of $25. Scholarships and payment plans are available, and any mom unable to attend meetings may join for the initial fee of $25 and receive all benefits provided by MOPS International."

Those membership benefits include:

• International MOPS membership.

• Subscription to MomSense magazine.

• "Life on Planet Mom" book.

• Weekly MOM-Email.

• Local MOPS meetings and events.

• Free childcare during MOPS meetings.

• Free breakfast.

Any mother interested in registering may contact Batten, 455- 9177, or rockdalemops@gmail. com. For additional information about Milam County MOPS visit w w w.rockdalemops.blogspot. com.

"MOPS is an international organization to help women be the best moms they can be," Batten said. "MOPS is designed to inspire and refresh mothers by making new friends and discovering ways to meet the demands of motherhood. Moms who are pregnant or have children age birth to kindergarten are welcome.

"Our Service Team organizes community service projects such as making donations to food banks, libraries, pregnancy centers and nursing homes," she continued. "We also plan to host car seat safety checks and provide diaper changing stations at community events."

Jennifer Owen, mot her of daughters age 2 and 4, finds MOPS a rewarding and helping organization.

"After I had my first child and quit working, I was scared I wouldn't know what to do with myself during the day," Owen said. "All of my friends were still working and how often could I drive an hour into Austin to go shopping? MOPS has given me opportunity to not only meet other moms in our community, but to also make great friends. We get together every week to let our children play and to get a little 'adult' time."

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