In its 10 years of existence, They're Our Kids has gone through several transformations in an attempt to make it easier for Villagers to find the information that they're looking for on the website.
I've collected information on so many resources available to Hendricks County parents over the years, however, that it's become pretty unwieldy and cumbersome to list them all in the way I've been listing them.
It's also incredibly difficult for me to keep all of the buttons on TOK up-to-date. Websites change, organizations come and go, and just as I get one page cleaned up on TOK, another one turns up several dead links.
So to solve the problems of Villagers having difficulty finding what they're looking for, as well as links going dead, They're Our Kids unveils its new membership program for businesses, organizations, sports leagues and other entities that serve the children of Hendricks County!
We have a serious drug problem in Hendricks County in the form of heroin, but heroin is not the only drug that's out there. As we continue the conversation about drug abuse in our community and what we can do about it, it's important to educate ourselves about the drugs that OUR KIDS are exposed to.
We started with learning about heroin last week.
Now, let's learn about marijuana.
Obviously, Americans have differing opinions about the legality of marijuana and the actual harm done by it. This post is not designed to argue one viewpoint or another. It's to educate parents who presumably do not want their kids using marijuana for health, legal and/or moral reasons.
***WARNING: Graphic images ahead.***
Wondering when to send the kids out trick-or-treating this weekend for Halloween? Here is the list of trick-or-treat times for all Hendricks County communities.
The Plainfield Community School Corporation and Into the Light Recovery hosted a community forum on October 28 called "Continuing the Conversation: Prevention, Action and Hope" which was about saving OUR KIDS from heroin and other drugs.
This was a perfectly-timed forum right on the heels of the Steered Straight, Inc. presentation in Danville last week that prompted me to write a blog post, alerting Villagers that we have a serious heroin problem in Hendricks County.
(On a side note, that blog post went "viral" -- at least by They're Our Kids standards -- garnering 9,412 unique page views as of this posting! Thank you SO MUCH, Villagers, for spreading the word about this incredibly important topic!)
After attending the "Continuing the Conversation" forum in Plainfield, I want to offer a few general impressions of the event, as well as highlight some of the things that especially caught my attention.
On October 20, Michael DeLeon from the not-for-profit Steered Straight, Inc. out of New Jersey came to Danville to discuss the drug epidemic that is sweeping our nation and leaving no stone -- or small community -- unturned in its wake.
During his 90-minute presentation to parents at West Bridge Church, Mr. DeLeon sought to bring awareness to the drug problem by way of his perspective as a recovering addict and violent felony offender who served more than a decade in prison in New Jersey.
Since I have 15 years of past experience as a probation officer -- 12 of those years were here in Hendricks County -- I want to reinforce some points that Mr. DeLeon made in his presentation and offer my own local perspective, lest his message be lost on those who dismiss it based on his criminal history or the fact that he doesn't live here.
We conclude our week-long series on Hendricks County spring youth sports programs with open registration by taking a look at the youth softball programs around the area.
(To learn about youth soccer programs, click here.)
(To learn about youth flag football programs, click here.)
(To learn about youth baseball programs, click here.)
(To learn about youth running programs, click here.)
Here are the youth softball programs in Hendricks County that are currently open for registration (listed in order of registration closure dates):
As we continue our series on spring youth sports programs in Hendricks County that are currently open for registration, we take a look at youth baseball programs in the area.
(In case soccer is your sport, click here for our list of youth soccer programs in Hendricks County that are currently open for registration. Click here for our list of youth flag football programs in Hendricks County that are open for registration.)
Without further ado, youth baseball programs, in order of registration closure dates:
Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner, and several youth sports programs around Hendricks County currently have open registration.
Over the course of the next week or so, we'll take a look at a variety of youth sports that are open for sign-ups, giving Villagers the information they need to get OUR KIDS registered for the spring sport of their choice.
Let's start with soccer.
I have a few New Year's resolutions for They're Our Kids in 2015, so let's start in the most logical place: No. 1. My first resolution is to get more help with TOK in the form of additional bloggers to cover more of Hendricks County for The Village.
Are you a Villager who likes to write? Have you thought about trying your hand at blogging but don't have a platform?
Well, let's see if we can help each other out.
I recently took my kids down to the Vandalia Trail between Amo and Coatesville to check it out for a Visit Hendricks County blog post, and it was an experience worth sharing with the Villagers of They're Our Kids. What follows is the first couple paragraphs of my VHC post, along with a link to the rest of it on their website.
Bikers, hikers, walkers and equestrians: if you haven’t yet experienced the Vandalia Trail — or if you haven’t experienced it in awhile — it’s time to visit Hendricks County and see all the improvements made to the three-mile stretch between the towns of Amo and Coatesville, Ind.
The Vandalia Trail is built along the east-west line of the former Vandalia Railroad and currently sports 12.3 miles of continuous trail for hikers and bikers between Greencastle and Amo. The three miles of rustic rail-trail between Coatesville and Amo offer an additional parallel trail for equestrians.
Click here to read the rest of my blog post on Visit Hendricks County.
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