Community Parent, Inc. held their monthly meeting at the Fenton Township Hall on Wednesday, December 6, at 7pm. All the people at these meetings share one common goal: “continue to educate and protect our community and its children.” The Community Parent is a non-profit organization that was founded in the wake of the deaths of two children in the Fenton area as a result of heroin overdoses. Regular attendees at these meetings include Fenton Township Board Members, local School Board Members, representatives from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, Genesee County Judges, State Senators, State Representatives, local business owners, members of Genesee County Health Department, Social Services, recovering alcoholics and addicts, and other concerned county residents who want to help make our community safer and drug-free.
This meeting included a special treat for the children who attended. The Play 1st Mobile Gaming unit was at the meeting for their gaming pleasure. The kids loved it as they sat side-by-side in this trailer, played their favorite Xbox360 games, and simply had clean, sober FUN! You can learn more about Play 1st Mobile Gaming by visiting their website at http://www.play1st.com/.
Joe Graves, who is running for the open State Representative seat, chaired the meeting, and several other speakers updated the group on current efforts of the organization and drug use related statistics in our area. One great success story is the growth of both the Young People’s Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting and “Chit-Chat” meeting, which are held simultaneously in different rooms at the Transfiguration Lutheran Church on N. Fenton Rd. at 7pm on Tuesdays. The NA meeting is open to anyone who has the desire to stop using drugs, and the “Chit-Chat” meeting is open to any family member who has been negatively affected by drug use of a loved one. Both meetings have tripled in attendance in the last few months, which is an awesome trend that we hope continues.
Undersheriff Chris Swanson gave a motivating speech during the meeting about the continued success of the Chasing the Dragon anti-drug presentations that are put on at local middle and high schools. These meetings send a powerful message to kids about the dangers of drug use. The next presentation is scheduled at Lake Fenton Middle School at 9:30am on Wednesday, December 14. Parents and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Chasing the Dragon t-shirts are on sale for ten dollars and hoodies for twenty dollars to help support costs associated with these presentations. Shirts come in school color and mascot specific shirts for Linden, Fenton, and Lake Fenton, and a generic version is also available. Please contact Stephen Handley at (810)-750-1638 if you’d like to order shirts and support these wonderful events.
More clean, sober FUN events sponsored by Community Parent are in the planning stages, too, including a karaoke night to tentatively take place on February 3, at the Fenton Township Hall. This organization is made up entirely of volunteers, and it needs the help of any citizens concerned with keeping our community and our kids safe and drug-free. The next meeting is scheduled for 7pm on January 11, at the Fenton Township Hall. Please join us and help with this noble cause.
Visit our website at http://www.communityparent.org/, or our Community Parent and Chasing the DragonFacebook page to learn more about Community Parent, Inc.