Children's Policy Councils Honorable Mentions- September 2016

Hello Children’s Policy Council Leaders,

I want to make you aware of some outstanding things that some of the CPC’s have done or have been recognized for in September 2016.

The Autauga County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joy Booth, Chair) in an effort to increase early childhood literacy, in August they did a children’s book drive to benefit Head Start and Pre-K early education programs in their county. Over 600 books were collected from citizens that lived in the community. The books were presented to the students on September 8, 2016. See the picture with Judge Booth and some of the students.

Etowah County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joe Nabors, Chair) On September 14, 2016 the CPC hosted a statewide Kids in Dangerous Situations workshop in Gadsden where 100 people from across the state attended to learn about how drugs affect the adolscent brain ( Angela Camp, Bradford), Weeding out the facts on Marijuana (Dr. Shannon Murphy, Pediatrician), Teaching youth to Communicate Effectively with their peers (Dr Andrea Hunt, University of North Alabama) and Human Trafficking in our Backyard (Tajuan McCarty,The Well house)The event was sponsored by Alabama Power and Buffalo Rock

Sumter County Children’s Policy Council “ Children of the Village Network” (Judge Tammy Montgmery, Chair) On September 15, 2016 Judge Montgmery was the first women to be awarded the Alabama Bar Association, Susan Beville Leadership award for all of the community service work that she and the CPC does in an effort to improve the lives of children and families. Such as; durable medical equipment drives, food drives, literacy awareness days, book donations to school librares, Dr. Suess Read Across America, high school scholarship opportunities for seniors through finacial support from civic and community organziations, prevention against bullying through the Fairy Tale Mock trial and collection of personal care items for women who live in domestic violence shelters. Pictures from some of their activities are attached to this email.

Dallas County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Bob Armstrong, Chair) The Dallas CPC has established many programs to address issues that directly impact the well-being of the entire family; last week they were awarded the Drug Free Communities grant ($125,000 for 5 years) This award will help them to further build on the great work they are doing and to develop substance abuse prevention programs that can be life changing for the future generation of Selma and Dallas County.

Upcoming Project

Lawrence County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Angela Terry, Chair) At last week’s CPC meeting, the members agreed to work on a Luggage Drive project to help 29 children who are in Foster Care to have their own luggage to put their clothes in as they are moving from place to place. Often times their clothes are moved around in trash bags. The CPC will also include in the luggage personal care items and a$10 dontation.

I will begin sharing CPC honorable mentions monthly, if you have something that you would like for me to share with my CPC network let me know.

Thank you for all you do and keep the good work!

My best,

Liletta M. Jenkins

State Manager, Alabama Children’s Policy Councils - Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education