OHIO Ex Phys Learning Community stopped by to give us $200 they raised by selling raffle tickets. What an awesome endeavor by a great group of generous students! Best of luck with exams, You Rock!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens serves over 300 at-risk and underprivileged children every year in Athens, Vinton, Washington and Meigs Counties. The majority of the children we serve reside at or below the federal poverty line and live with a single parent or guardian. Over 10% of the children in our program have one or both parents incarcerated.
Although our overall matches for children have nearly doubled in 2014, our matches for children with incarcerated parents have remained the same. We believe that this is due to the lack of awareness of the needs of incarcerated children and of the prevalence of this issue in our community.
Most of the children of incarcerated in our program are young boys in need of male role models and all children with incarcerated parents face an increased risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, decreased academic performance and lower self esteem. Children with incarcerated parents in our program have reported bullying in school and they often feel isolated from their peers and are reluctant to trust in the adults in their lives.
It is our mission to increase the number of children with incarcerated parents matched with caring mentors in 2015 and we are seeking volunteers with an interest in reaching underprivileged children to help these youths find compassionate role models to inspire and uplift them.
Both national and local research confirms that children who are matched with supportive mentors are:
• 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
• 52% less likely to skip school
• 37% less likely to skip a class
• 33% less likely to use violence
Mentors in our program spend 4-6 hours a month with a child in need of emotional support. Appropriate activities often include free or low-cost options such as trips to the park, walks on the bike path, homework assistance, watching movies, playing sports, cooking or even inviting the child to visit your office to learn more about potential careers. Mentors can be adults of all ages and there are no income expectations for mentors.
We encourage you to consider becoming a mentor to a child with an incarcerated parent. Just a few hours a month is all that is required to help show a child their potential for a bright and healthy future. For more information, please call 740-797-0037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally posted on Athens County, Ohio EMA:
There is a power line down across East State Street in front of the Athens Community Center. Police and Fire have blocked all lanes of the street while AEP replaces the line and broken pole. Motorists should avoid the area or use Route 50 around the area. The Community Center parking lot is also being used as a detour. The repairs should be completed sometime by late morning according to the crew on site.
From the Athens County Public Information Office:
WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY MONDAY, 11/24 FROM 11AM TO 8PM.
WINDS – SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
TIMING – LATE MORNING INTO THE EVENING.
IMPACTS – TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES MAY BREAK, WHICH COULD FALL ON ROADWAYS OR CAUSE POWER DISRUPTIONS.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH OR GUSTS ABOVE 46 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. TARPS, GARBAGE CANS, HOLIDAY DECORATIONS AND OTHER LIGHT WEIGHT OBJECTS MAY BLOW AWAY. IT IS BEST TO TIGHTLY SECURE THESE ITEMS OR BRING THEM INSIDE. CONSTRUCTIONS SITES ARE ALSO VULNERABLE LOCATIONS.
Vote for your favorite winter holiday drawing now through 5:00 PM Thursday, November 13 http://bit.ly/10Qp54T.
Thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County for helping your friends participate!
Look for drawings labeled United Way of Athens, as that is how Peoples Bank has them labeled.
Peoples Bank will give winner a Toys R Us gift card.
Early voting ends today, and polls open Tues. Nov. 4
Originally posted on Athens County, Ohio EMA:
Ohio: Voting at the Polls on Election Day
Poll Hours: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM
On Election Day, you must cast your ballot in your precinct at your designated polling place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you do not know where your designated precinct or polling place is located, please contact your county board of elections or click here to search for your polling place online.
Bring appropriate identification with you to the polls
- Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, to announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of the voter’s identity.
The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on an Election Day include:
- A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the…
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