By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
Hope Johns of
Lookout Mountain Community Services spoke at Thursday’s monthly Family
Connections meeting at the Dade County Library on strategies toward
strengthening the family. She and her SOC (System of Care) coworkers are
currently holding sessions with parents and children at the Trenton United
Methodist Church Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30.
The program was
pepped up by a poem/play with volunteers portraying three little pigs menaced
by a big bad wolf of need and pitfall.
Piglets were, from left to right, library manager Marshana Sharp, social
worker Heather Scott Wallin, and credit counselor Sarah Oster.
was UMC pastor Reese Fauscett, who announced that his church’s quarterly men’s
luncheon, scheduled for noon on Sept. 6, will this time be co-ed. Women are
invited and lunch is free, but the pastor urges prospective attendees to call
(706) 657-6170 “so we know how many pigs to kill.”
health nurse Verenice Hawkins and Family First’s Rebecca Page posed a possible
solution to parents discommoded by the Dade Board of Education’s cancellation
of its pre-K program this year: Sweet Peas Learning Center will host a pre-K
program of its own costing $5 for the 2 and 3-year-old classes, which are one
hour long, and a session for 4-year-olds which costs $10 and is two hours. Call
Sweet Peas for times at (706) 657-2865.
local resources on hand to offer services to the Dade community was the
Educational Opportunity Center, which gives adults seeking higher education
free assistance with choosing colleges or vocational schools and navigating
through admissions, financial aid and other red tape as well as with getting
enrolled in a GED or adult high school program. The center may be reached at
(423) 425-1702 or (706) 639-2065.
Connections operates as a kind of clearinghouse for local family services and
generally meets in the library at noon on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Next month, however, it will replace its regular meeting with a special session
beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept. 26, as usual at the library but this time with a
program aimed at showing attendees how to implement a plan of action. “It’s not
just for Family Connections,” said Ms. Page. “It’s for anyone who works on a
information on the program or on any Family Connection-sponsored social service
or program, readers may call (706) 657-7275