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.
Remember the inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that we co-hosted with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks back in January?
Youth sports programs paid an entry fee to be a part of that fair, and after all the dust settled on the expenses, They're Our Kids wound up with a little bit of coin in our pockets. The question then arose, "What do I do with this money?"
I contemplated retiring off of the earnings and buying my own private island somewhere in the Caribbean where I would spend the remainder of my days living the life of luxury. But then I found out how much private islands cost, and I scratched that idea off my list.
It finally struck me, though: I made this money from youth sports programs. The logical thing to do with this money is to give it back to youth sports programs!
So They're Our Kids entered the world of sponsorships.
It felt so darn good to give money to a couple of youth sports programs that participated in the inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that I'm going to continue doing it. Here's how it's going to work:
The Indiana Department of Education just released its list of Four-Star schools for the 2013-14 school year, and several Hendricks County schools earned the designation.
According to the DOE's blog post dated April 28, "in order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned an 'A' in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education."
Of the 281 Four-Star schools throughout the State of Indiana in 2013-14, twenty are located in Hendricks County. Here they are:
Parents of Hendricks County preschool kids, it's time to start planning for the next big stage of your little one's life: school.
Each of the six public Hendricks County school corporations has a slightly different method of enrolling kids in their respective kindergarten programs, so we've compiled all of the pertinent information for Villagers and placed it right here.
Behold the 2015-16 kindergarten registration information for Hendricks County public schools:
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.
The inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair is right around the corner! Make plans to be at the Danville Community High School auxiliary gym this Saturday (Jan. 24) between 1 and 5 p.m. to see me, Meghan Stritar from Macaroni Kid-Hendricks, and all of these great vendors!
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.
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