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 October 2016. Some of the pictures and news articles are attached.
Lowndes County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Adrian Johnson, Chair) “Character in Action Celebrates Youth” was the title of the newspaper article in the Lowndes Signal that recognized 11 Lowndes county Character in Action student award winners on September 29, 2016. The Character in Action program is sponsored by the Juvenile Court of Lowndes county and it recognizes Lowndes county youth under the age of 18, who make a positive contribution to their home, school or community above and beyond normal. The award ceremony featured speakers; Myaira Coleman, Central High School valedictorian who spoke on character, “attendance in school gets one to the top but character is what keeps you there” and Comission Chairman Carnell McAlpine offered words of encouragement. The students also had dinner and each was awarded a medal of honor. This was an joyous occasion for students, their parents, the Sheriff and District Attorney. (The News article is attached)
Autauga County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joy Booth, Chair) On October 3, 2016 the Autauga CPC Health committee hosted a Nutrition and Fitness activity event for 500 3rd and 5th graders at Daniel Pratt Elementary in Prattville, AL. A nutritionist and a YMCA fitness trainer was onsite to speak to the children about making good food choices, healthy foods vs. non healthy foods, how to make a healthy plate, showed them foods that they should eat for good nutrition and correct portion sizes. The children also did fitness competitions and won prizes for their participation.
In addition, On October 24, 2016 the Autauga CPC Safety Committee hosted a program during Red Ribbon Week promoting child safety, the dangers of drugs, and positive relations with law enforcement. Josh Johnson from WSFA spoke, along with Dean Argo from the ABC Board, and Corporal Thornton with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The meeting was held at 9 am at the Prattville High School Gymnasium, 900 6th grade students attended from schools across Autauga county; Prattville Intermediate, Marbury Middle, Autaugaville, Billingsley, Prattville Christian Academy, and Autauga Academy. Also in attendance were many Prattville Police Officers, Autauga county Sheriff’s deputies, and other members of the CPC.
Covington County Children’s Policy Council (Retired Judge Frank “Trippy” McGuire, Chair) On October 4, 2016 the Covington CPC held its Workforce Development and Safety forum. Over 75 people traveled from across the state to learn more about how drugs impact our workforce. “10% of the people in the work place is struggling with an issue” quoted, Sgt. Dale D. Quigley one of the speakers at the forum. Jo McGuire, speaker shared with the group that “Marijuana is the most widely abused drug in America and the most misunderstood”. Alabama ranked #50 in last place as compared to Colorado ranking at #1 for marijuana use among 12 to 17 year olds.