By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — The Rush County Local Coordinating Council for safe and drug free schools and communities (LCC) met recently and heard from the eight 2013–2014 RCHS Peer Helpers and Facilitators.
The students serve as mentors, teacher’s aides and role models for other Rush County School students.
PHAF was formed a number of years ago as a means to bridge the gap between the community and students. The students’ presentation explained their selection process and touched on the various activities they provide and participate in throughout the school year.
The high school seniors meet weekly and throughout the school year work with students at RES and St. Mary’s School and provide service to various organizations in the community. This year, the group is working to put into action the quote from John Crosby that adorns their PHAF T-shirts: “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.”
LCC members then heard from Keyen Macklin of Communities that Care on the data summary recently complied through a number of meetings and local information outlets. According to Macklin, the CTC members defined family conflict issues and favorable attitudes toward substance use as the two major problem areas facing Rush County residents.
Another alarming statistic, found by the CTC study during the past 12 months, was the number of individuals using food stamps as a means to feed their families has doubled in Rush County since 2008 from 1,161 to 2,244.
Meetings for CTC are open to the public with the next meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15. The meeting will be held at Rush Memorial Hospital in the Kenneth L. Earnest Family Conference Center located on the lower level of the RMH Medical Office Building.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.32.2222 x106