POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Prevention Coalition recently decided to hire a part-time prevention coordinator to assist their current prevention coordinator.
During their recent meeting, coalition members discussed hiring Ronie Wheeler as a part-time prevention coordinator. Brittni Kaylor, the current full-time prevention coordinator, is going to drop down to part-time. Greg Fowler, Mason County Family Resource (FRN) executive director, explained Wheeler and Kaylor will each work 20 hours and divide duties between one another.
In other business, Richard Sargent discussed upcoming activities within his Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High (PPJ/SHS). To raise awareness about making positive choices, the SADD students will be asking every student at PPJ/SHS to participate in the making of a “life chain,” encouraging them all to make good decisions throughout the year. Also, the students are interested in hosting a family movie night in December one evening at the school. The movie will be free and concessions would be available for purchase. The students are also interested in raising awareness on the notion “Buckle Up for Safety.” The students, along with a few law enforcement officers would be standing throughout the student parking lot and all students wearing a seat belt would receive a lifesaver candy.
Coalition members also discussed recent events the organization participated in and/or hosted such as the Point Pleasant Block Party, the town hall meeting, and the Quarterly Career Connections event.
Following the town hall meeting, a few of the guests in attendance expressed an interest in becoming foster parents in Mason County.
At the Quarterly Career Connections event, compliments were given to the coalition by the PPJ/SHS Principal William Cottrill on the “reality store” activity and Fowler shared Cottrill is thinking of implementing a similar activity at his school.
Also, Fowler shared two of the youth at activity had a break-through, one who was using drugs was ready to stop.
However, Fowler and other coalition members did not have access to immediate help for this youth. The few outlets they tried, they did not have success getting day of assistance. Fowler shared this is a big concern of his and he wants to work with fellow coalition members to develop a strategy of how to address instances such as this more effectively and also make and/or find a way to get automatic help in these certain situations.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.