Panel slated on substance-free kids

Staff Report

“Wauseon Community Conversation,” an opportunity for parents and community adults to learn and share about raising substance-free kids, will be held Monday, Feb. 29, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Wauseon High School auditorium.

Presentations will include “What we are seeing on the streets of Fulton County” from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the Multi Agency Narcotics (MAN) Unit officers.

There will also be a community panel with representatives from Wauseon schools, the Wauseon Police Department, Crossroads Evangelical Church, and Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio, Fulton County Prosecutor Scott Haselman and a locally-affected family. The participants will answer questions from audience members on their perspective of underage substance use and how parents can use community resources to help them raise substance-free children.

Childcare for younger children will be provided by Wauseon National Honor Society members and is available for the event attendees.

“#WhatsYourChoice” is being held simultaneously in the Wauseon High School multi-purpose room and is open to Wauseon students in grades 4-8. HC3’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will provide fun team building games and activities. Wauseon schools staff member Michelle Leatherman will help empower youth to understand the long-term impact of choices made now. Attendees will also enjoy light refreshments.

The goals of HC3 and YAC for these events are to provide an educational and engaging event that will offer new information and resources to community stakeholders in Wauseon; to educate local youth on the effects their decisions now may have on their future, and empower to them to make good decisions; and to acquaint Fulton County citizens, both youth and adults, with HC3, a community coalition, and YAC, student representatives from Fulton County high schools whose focus is the prevention and reduction of underage substance use.

For more information, contact Beth Thomas at 419 337 0915 or by email at [email protected]

Staff Report