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.
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:
Easter is right around the corner (Sunday, April 5), and if you're looking for Easter egg hunts for the kids, we've done the research for you.
Here are the Easter egg hunts in Hendricks County that we're aware of in 2015 (and if you know of any hunts that aren't listed here, please contact us so that we can add them!):
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:
Members of the Plainfield High School Key Club worked with Plainfield Kiwanis Club over the holidays to raise $4075.88 for Riley Children's Hospital!
Each year, Plainfield Kiwanis Club invites Santa to Plainfield Plaza to greet children in anticipation of Christmas and all its wonder. Kiwanis is the parent and partner club of the PHS Key Club. Student-members sign up for times to assist with pictures and organizing little ones waiting to whisper their wishes to the Big Man in the Red Suit.
Allie Ridenour, a member of the PHS club, describes the event as one of her favorite service activities.
“This is an annual event the club looks forward to every year,” says co-sponsor Kellie Jacobs. “The Christmas visit to the Plaza is a family tradition many Key Club members remember from their own childhoods, and it is special to be able to be a part of making those memories for other families.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL AT 839-7711.
(Submitted press release.)
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