POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Prevention Coalition met Tuesday to discuss plans for the upcoming year.
The week of Oct. 23 is Red Ribbon Week, a national program that promotes awareness in schools about substance abuse, bullying, and other awareness programs. In Mason County, each of the elementary schools have been given supplies and information for teachers to pass out to students for the event.
“Red Ribbon Week is an awareness program for alcohol, drugs, bullying, any kind of prevention education,” said Brittni Kaylor, coalition member.
The program is designed to educate young students about the negative effects of several bad habits in order to prevent them. Tim White, prevention coordinator with Prestera, will also be going to schools in the area making presentations for Red Ribbon Week.
Also on the calendar for the coalition is participating in the Halloween Block Party on Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Members will be giving out candy and other items that promote prevention and sharing information with the public.
The same week is Drug Take Back Day, on Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m. In Mason County there will be two separate locations where individuals can drop off their unused drugs to be disposed of properly instead of falling into the possession of someone who could abuse them. The New Haven Fire Department and the Mason County Courthouse in Point Pleasant will have volunteers working the drop off points from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day.
Also discussed was the recovery home, which held a graduation for one young man Tuesday. Following him, there are two more graduations planned before the end of the year in 2017, adding to over one dozen success stories with support from the prevention coalition and Prestera Center. The young man who graduated yesterday has plans to stay in the area and give back to the community.
“Because of the coalition, that prompted Prestera to put in the Recovery Home, I can name over a dozen young men that their lives have completely been changed,” said Rita Darst, director of the Recovery Home. “Their families now have a husband, a father, a daddy, a son. We’re making a difference. It may be short steps, but it makes a difference.”
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.