|WCPC spreading its message |
|Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 12:03 pm |
|The Weakley County Prevention Coalition has been successful in getting its name and message out, but now it’s hoping to get its membership up from community members willing to take a strong stand in helping to spread the message. |
In the December meeting of the WCPC Tuesday afternoon, program coordinator Nick Moon announced that, for the future of the coalition, he would be visiting several local businesses in an attempt to recruit new people. He also said he hopes to eventually set regular monthly meetings.
“We don’t invite people to sit around. Each person will have a purpose and will bring something to the table,” fiscal agent Brian Harris of the Martin Housing Authority said. “We will structure it in a way that everyone has a purpose. We will work on effectiveness not just with alcohol and drugs, but with all student issues.”
Judge Tommy Moore commented that a member push could be made from manufacturing companies, churches and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
In a report on Students Creating Change, Moon came to the conclusion that, after taking on the program from the former director, the best way to handle SCC would be with a kick-off meeting to set goals, seek out sponsors from each school and develop a new application process to test the seriousness of the student in joining SCC. Two representatives came forward from Dresden High and Westview to lead those programs and Moon is now looking for other sponsors to come forward from Gleason and Greenfield high schools.
There will be another meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the C.E. Weldon Library.Moon reported that he and Harris recently got the word out about WCPC through a 30-minute show on the radio. They also did a spot with WPSD concerning Lazy Larry Brownies and Moon put together an end-of-the-month blog.
Dresden High and Westview recently completed surveys on school safety, drug use and bullying as a follow-up to a survey conducted a couple of years ago.
The coalition recently entered a national contest to name the theme of Red Ribbon Week for 2012. If the coalition wins, the theme will be used and the WCPC will be awarded with $500 worth of resources.
Finally, Moon is in the process of setting up a radio interview on drunk driving over the holidays.