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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Coosa County will have no shortage of springtime events, as the Coosa County Children’s Policy Council learned while reviewing and discussing upcoming events during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.
With 15 people attending the meeting in person and eight via Zoom, individuals had the opportunity to share information and learn more about events for families and youth which the council may be able to help with or in which their agencies can participate.
Superintendent of Education David Stover was the only elected official present for the meeting.
The group received an update regarding the high school’s new “Be You for You” program, which had been discussed in past meetings. The CPC previously voted on and approved contributing $150 toward the program.
Annette Long, Central High School Coosa County guidance counselor, reported that they are going forward with the event. The after-school program will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 11-13. Co-sponsored by CHS and the Coosa County Extension Service, the program’s after-school sessions will teach participants about social and general media etiquette, decision making skills, relationship skills, character building, health and wellness, and appropriate dress attire.
Each student participant will be named an ambassador and will be given a $60 voucher to purchase an outfit. Student ambassadors will also work with and on upcoming programs.
Following these sessions, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 21 will be “Reveal Day,” to be held at the high school gym. Long explained that students will wear the outfits they purchased with the $60 vouchers, and they will receive a full makeover, including hair and makeup, that they can showcase on that day.
Each participant will be allowed to invite two guests to attend the fashion show and reveal that day. Additionally, participants will each be asked to give three key takeaways they learned from the after-school sessions.
Snacks will be provided each day for April 11-13, and refreshments will be served for the April 21 event.
Long reported that so far they had a $950 budget for this first-time program. She explained that any funds not utilized this year will be used for next year’s program.
Regarding another event being held at the school, Central High School PTO president Maressa Ware reviewed information regarding the organization’s inaugural Rainbow Run 5k. The event was opened up to the entire community rather than just being for high school students.
The Rainbow Run will be a chalk color run, and participants can choose whether to run or walk for the event. Registration is $10 per person, and the first 50 applicants get a free T-shirt to wear the day of the race.
Aside from participants, others are welcome to come watch the race or enjoy funnel cakes, shaved ice, and more from food trucks that will be on site.
Ware said that the community does not have much for people to do together, so people have been “very excited” about this event.
Originally scheduled to be held tomorrow at the high school football field track, after the CPC meeting it was reported that because of inclement weather and lower temperatures, the Rainbow Run 5k was moved to next Saturday.
The Rainbow Run will now be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Individuals wishing to participate are asked to contact Ware or the high school at 256-377-4384 for more information.
Also during the CPC meeting, the group heard from Gianna Edmunds with the Extension Office regarding the new Move Alabama program, which is a family activity challenge. The program began March 1, and completed forms are due by April 30 for those participating.
Those who complete 15 of the 20 challenges listed on the form will be entered to win prizes. Listed activities include both statewide and local activity options, such as walking at the Goodwater Track, walking the Magnolia Trail in Rockford, or walking the “Town of Rockford Loop.”
Edmunds reported that this is a new program and that Coosa County is one of the first in Alabama to implement it. Specifically, she said that the program is only being utilized in six counties in the state so far.
Forms are available at the Extension Office in Rockford for those wishing to participate. Completed forms can also be dropped off at the Extension Office or at the Goodwater Youth Development and Recreation Center on Harris Street in Goodwater.
Regarding other upcoming events, the CPC and Town of Rockford will be hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at the old Rockford football field on Nixburg Road. CPC agencies can take this opportunity to set up tables and share information with attendees, as well.
It is hoped that there will be approximately 75 youth participating in the hunt. The field will be divided into sections for two age categories, 0-4 years old in one section and those 5 years old and up in the other section.
While all eggs will be filled, some of the eggs will come with extra special prizes. Any candy being donated for this event can be dropped off at Rockford Town Hall.
Regarding other outreach opportunities and family events, it was also reported that the Town of Rockford is planning to host Spring Fling on May 21 with craft vendors and more. Non-profit organizations will be able to set up for free for this event.
It was also reported that AltaPointe, a CPC member, is planning an event to be held in Sylacauga in May, with details forthcoming.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Coosa County Children’s Policy Council will be held at 12 p.m. April 12.