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Organizations get kids ready for school

| August 15, 2012

Clothing drive: The Mentoring Center of Coshocton County (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters) hosted a clothing drive to gather items for children in the Bigs/Littles and Side by Side program. Pictured are Sheila Mayse, executive director of The Mentoring Center and Tracy Nys, case manager at The Mentoring Center. Beacon photo by Josie McCormick

Several local organizations have been busy helping kids get ready to head back to school.

The Mentoring Center of Coshocton County hosted a clothing drive to gather items for children in the Bigs/Littles and Side by Side program. Hygiene products, school supplies and backpacks also were collected.

Women of Witness and New Beginnings Ministries also helped make sure children had the supplies they needed to go back to school. Women of Witness distributed school supplies and book bags and New Beginnings Ministries hosted a back to school fair that included back bags, school supplies, clothing and haircuts.

Children headed to school for the first time learned how to stay safe at the American Red Cross and United Way of Coshocton County sponsored Safety City, which was held Aug. 6-10, at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds.

Safety City tour of Ambulance

Ambulance tour: Michelle Huff from Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services gives students enrolled in Safety City a tour of an ambulance Aug. 8. The students also visited with firefighters to help them learn who would come if they called 911. Beacon photo by Josie McCormick

The program was for children entering kindergarten and featured 911 training, gun safety, lessons on pedestrian rules and street signs, fire safety, stranger danger, playground safety, dog safety, poison safety and many other lessons that will help keep them safe.

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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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