Parent Support Network plans Family Resource Fair at school


September 24, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OAKLAND MILLS High School is having a Family Resource Fair for parents and guardians Monday in the cafeteria.

The goal of the fair is to acquaint families with the service groups that are available to help families and the community deal with problems.

The open house is sponsored by the Parent Support Network of the Eastern Coalition Against Substance Abuse, which has invited representatives of Taylor Health System, Youth Enrichment Program, Family and Children Services, Howard County Department of Addictions Prevention, Family Life Center, Howard County Office of Substance Abuse, Children of Separation and Divorce, Friends Medical Lab, Howard County Sexual Assault Center, Grassroots, Serenity Center, Oakview Treatment Center, Students Against Drugs, Huntington Learning BTC Center and Howard County Citizen Services.

The Eastern Coalition will hold meetings on a rotating schedule the fourth Monday of each month at each of these high schools: Centennial, Howard, Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake.

"Communication between children and their parents, schools and churches is the ultimate goal," said Oakland Mills Vice Principal Frank Eastman. "Knowing the names and effects of so-called designer drugs and how they are used helps parents to recognize their children's drug involvement."

For information, call (410) 313-6945.

Crime prevention

Debbie Carroll, Kendall Ridge community liaison, reminds residents to attend today's 7 p.m. meeting with representatives of the Howard County Police Department at the Long Reach High School cafeteria to discuss community crime concerns.

Crime prevention can save money on repairs and replacement costs as well as keep insurance rates from increasing, Carroll said.

"There have been several cases of home break-ins and vehicle damage and theft," she said. "If neighbors know neighbors and know when to alert the police, we will have a safer neighborhood for our families."

Carroll, a 10-year resident of Columbia, said she and Long Reach Village Board Vice Chairman John Snyder are taking an 11-week course at the Howard County Citizens Police Academy.

Dangerous streets

Schools have been open a month, but it seems some drivers are not aware of the school schedules. Many are still driving over the school-zone speed limit.

Drivers are asked to use extreme caution near schools. Parents are asked to discuss with their children the correct crossing procedures.

A word of caution today can save a child's life or injury tomorrow.

Girl Scouts seek members

Girl Scout Troops are now forming for grades kindergarten through 12. Girls or their parents are invited to call (410) 992-9219 (Stevens Forest) or (410) 724-0047 (Phelps Luck).

Walk among the trees

"Know Your Trees" is the learning experience offered by the Long Reach Community Association and the Amateur Arborists of Howard County.

They are co-sponsoring a walk on the pathways near Graywing Court and Phelps Luck Drive Thursday at 6 p.m.

Pub Date: 9/24/96

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