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Youth planning dinner and a show to help The Landing

| July 27, 2016

COSHOCTON – Youth involved in the Coshocton County Juvenile Court program are planning a fun filled evening for the public that will fulfill their community service hours and help a good cause.

The Exchange, planned for 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Word Worship Center located at 810 Orange St., will treat attendees to dinner and a show. The young people involved in the program will prepare and serve dinner, clear tables, put on a talent show and sell greeting cards that they designed.

The dinner will include chicken parmesan, rotini, green beans, salad, garlic bread, dirty ice cream dessert and a beverage. Tickets for The Exchange will be sold in advance for a suggested donation of $10 per person.

This event is made possible through willing volunteers and grant money from The Coshocton County Family and Children First Council. All proceeds will go to Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices (CBHC) for its new residential program called The Landing.

“We were very surprised and grateful that they wanted to help us and kids helping kids is always a plus,” said Beth Cormack, executive director of CBHC.

The Landing is a place where young adults, ages 18-24, can live in a safe and sober environment.

“It’s been a great help to some of our court kids,” said Renee Corbett, diversion officer at juvenile court. “We’ve had some who graduated and may not have without the support they received from there.”

The tenants at The Landing are given curfews, are expected to maintain employment or provide community service until they find work, and are expected to contribute to the safety, hygiene and wellbeing of the facility. The young adults meet weekly with a life coach who holds them accountable for their employment, educational goals, financial stability/savings and their life plan for eventually achieving independence and living a full, productive life in the community.

For information, tickets or to purchase the greeting cards the youth designed, contact Corbett at Coshocton County Juvenile Court, 740-295-7406 or e-mail [email protected] or stop by Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices for tickets and cards.

“The packages of cards have an assortment in them that the kids designed and on the back it says who the artwork was designed by with their first name and age,” Corbett said. “They turned out really nice and we are really happy with them and that Novelty printed them up for us.”

The suggestion donation for the cards is $10.

Corbett is very thankful for all those who have volunteered to assist her in helping plan and organize this community service project.

“There are a lot of people helping in this effort,” she said. “It’s really been a group effort and we are thankful to have a place to put it on and that it’s happening. I hope the kids learn that they can belong to a team effort and be part of something that is positive for the community and be proud of themselves.”

 

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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