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CPC plans for future events
By Christa Jennings
The Coosa County Children’s Policy Council is busily planning for upcoming events and ways that it can best help the county’s students.
During the CPC meeting last Tuesday, the group especially discussed doing a school supply drive again this year after last year’s successful event and also once again helping with the school’s Career Fair later this year.
With 18 attendees both in-person and via Zoom, Superintendent of Education David Stover was the only elected official present for the meeting. Other attendees represented the Coosa County Extension Office, Farm Ministries, SafeHouse, juvenile court, AltaPointe, Cheaha Head Start, Alabama Children’s Policy Council, Lake Martin United Way, and Alabama Department of Public Health.
During the meeting, Marty Rittmann with CPC said she had spoken with Superintendent Stover and that he did want to do a backpack school supply drive again this year, as well as the Career Fair in the fall.
For the Career Fair planned to be held in November, they are considering having separate rooms for each of three categories – military, college and career. More information will be forthcoming as plans are finalized closer to time for the in-person Career Day.
In discussing the school supply drive, it was discussed that for kindergarten through twelfth grades they would need to provide enough school supplies for approximately 750 students. This would mean the group needing to raise approximately $9,000 for that cause.
During discussion, the CPC said it may not be able to afford to do backpacks this year, but that it can provide the students with school supplies. The group agreed that it would like to get supplies for all students.
Sarah Roberts with SafeHouse said that they would be willing to donate excess school supplies they have on hand. Rittmann and Extension Office Coordinator Sharon Haynes said they would work together to send letters to churches in the county regarding the supply drive.
The CPC will be accepting monetary donations, as well as donations of school supplies, and for now those items can be dropped off at the county Extension Office in Rockford. Checks for monetary donations can be made out to the Coosa County Children’s Policy Council.
The CPC will also be trying to schedule another “Stuff the Bus” event this year to help with the school supply drive. Backpacks or just school supplies, depending on the success of the fundraising effort, will be given to students during orientation August 2-6.
In other business regarding upcoming events, Rittmann announced that Rockford’s Summer Fest will be held June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She said volunteers are needed to assist with games and hand out prizes.
Those interested in volunteering to help with Summer Fest can contact Rockford Town Clerk Jennifer Tindall at 256-377-4911.
The CPC agencies were also informed that organizations and nonprofits can be vendors and have informational booths set up at Summer Fest.
The group also discussed various summer programs being offered by the assorted agencies.
Angela Poole with Cheaha Head Start said that Goodwater Head Start is now doing open enrollment. Those interested can contact her for more information or to register by calling 256-362-3852 or 256-839-5904.
Parents as Teachers is also offering a summer program, as well as looking into starting a Bridges after-school program. AltaPointe Health reported it is offering a summer day treatment program.
Additionally, Superintendent Stover mentioned the school system’s four summer programs being offered, including summer school, STEM camp, literacy camp, and athletics.
He also mentioned the county’s 4-H program and the English Learners summer program, as well as the Extension Office’s programs such as SNAP-Ed and EFNEP, or Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
More information on these summer programs and other school news can be found via the school district’s website at www.coosaschools.k12.al.us.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the CPC will be held at the E-911 building in Rockford at 12 p.m. July 13.