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Page 6C March 6, 2019 Reporter By Diane Gl lewell news@mymcr.nef A group of Monroe County Middle School students spent the last six weeks learning skills they will use every day Of their lives, the skills to resolve conflicts, They received certificates on Feb. 21 to attest they had attended faithfully and successfully completed the program, but they were clearly sorry to see the classes end. "Skills for Life" was a partnership between Mon- roe County's C.A.R.E. Cot- tage and Monroe County Schools. C.A.R.E Cottage, which has been operating since 1992, is a division of Monroe County Sheriff's Office dedicated to serving victims and witnesses, par- ticularly children. In 2018, it provided services for over 70 victims of domestic violence and 55 victims of child abuse. C.A.R.E. Cottage con- tracts with a therapist, Debbie Chambers, to provide support for victims and others seeking help. Chambers works with Jab- bok Ministries, formerly located inForsyth and now based in Milner. With the C A R E C ttage's O SUC- cess, it is now working to expand its outreach into community programs s for that prevent victimization rather than solely respond- ing to repair damage. Chambers said she found that she was talking with several middle school students about the same issues and asked to come to the middle school to work with a group of students on Thursday mornings rather than their having to come to her. Then came the plan for the six-week Skills for Life class; it met on Thurs- day afternoons from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Students were invited to participate, and parents gave permission. If transportation was a prob- lem, staff:and volunteers at the C.A.R.E. Cottage took students home. The first Skills for Life class was for 8th grad- ers. "They are going into a whole aaew world next year" said Chambers. The group had five males and five females; Chambers said it worked out equally by chance. Most of those in the group did not know one another. Some of them had previously talked with Chambers, and Monroe County Middle School counselors recommended others whom they thought would benefit from the program. The group did a lot of role playing. They talked about bullying, how it works and atM.C 4 4 Monroe County Middle School 8th graders show off the certificates and T-shirts proclaiming they completed the first Skills for Life program, a partnership of Monroe County Sheriff's Office C.A.R.E. Cottage and the school. Adults pictured are Adam Blanks of the C.A.R.E. Cottage, back left; therapist Debbie Chambers, back center; volunteer Dqnny Gilreath, back center; Sherrie O'Neal, third from right; MCMS counselor Bridgette Grayer, right. Students who graduated in the first Skills for Life group are Payton Johnson, Kysmic McMichael, Chasten Jones, Noah Kempson, Will Kempe, Trey Defore, Sarah Thompson, Makayla Jenkins and Ki'Yara Morgan (Not in picture Azaria Johnson and Takiya James). "4 the pain it causes to every- Sherry O'Neal of the and other groups, includ- mendously during these one'. They discussed related C.A.R.E. Cottage said a ing meals and snacks, six weeks" said Monroe issues like suicide, cutting six-week Skills for Life Danny Gilreath donatedCounty Middle School and sexting. They learned program for 7th grad- his time as a volunteer and counselor Bridgette Grayer. , about how emotions and ers at Monroe County also provided T-shirts for "Thank you to the parents. " thinking exclude one an- Middle School will start the group. We couldn't do it without i other in the brain; when we next Thursday. When itGilreath works with you" ct . '~ are immersed in out emo- is finished, there will be a Jabbok Min." istries and has We appreciate you guys tions, we can't think at the six-week program for 6th mentored at Pike County hanging in here;' said ) same time, said Chambers. graders to finish out the Schools. The students MCMS principal Efrem :" One of the positive results school year. O'Neal said nicknamed him "Mr. Co-Yarber to the students. of the group was that the she is working on a grant conut" because he pickedoa ' nd thank you to the :: individuals developed sup- application to United to coconut as his fruit in one volunteers. You didn't just portive relationships with End Bullying to fund the of the early group exercises, complain about problems , one another, program for next year. This They presented him with you saw; you did some- "It's so important to be year the program received a "Mr. Coconut" picture thing" a friend" said Chambers. donations from Monroe autographed by all of them. "We're stronger together." County Family Connection "You have grown tre- [There's no mamasktchn like l 789 US-341 South Bamesville, GA 30204 l. Juwia h Jerry Rafferzeder of Monroe County was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards Banquet on Feb. 21. Rafferzeder works for the Milner Police depart- ment. Last year's award win- ner, Michael Rainer of the MilnerPolice Department, presented the honor to Raff:erzeder. Raff:erzeder exemplifies "the kind of officer who takes the oath of duty seriously" Rainer said. In addition to his law enforcement work, Raf- ferzeder is vice chairman of the local Habitat for Hu- manity. He thanked Milner Police Chief Mike Bailey and others involved in the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award. This was the 36th An- nual Community Awards Banquet presented by the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. The sold-out event was at :! ,1 ,J 4 Jerry Rafferzeder The Farley Estates in Mil- ner. (Information provided by Kay S. Pedrotti of The Z Barnesvile Herald-Gazette) we The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 946, Monroe vidual packs of peanut butter, protein energy County Republican Party and the It. James bars, tuna & chicken pouches, dried fruit, Monroe Chapter Daughters of the American non-chocolate candy, cookies (no chocolate), Revolution are working together to send care powdered drink mixes, chaps'tick sunscreen, packages to the 201st RSG commanded by toiletries. LTC Jonathan Adams-ofForsyth. The unit is The major need is donations to pay for ship- deployed to Afghanistan. ping. Lt. James Monroe NSDAR is a 501(c)3 There are 24 soldiers at the base with Adams non-profit; contributions made payable to it and 84 additional pers9nnel spread throughout allow donors a tax deduction. Make checks to Lt. James M6nroe DAR to order items of your choice or pay for shipping. The names of donors will be induded in the package along with a short note of gratitude from the citizens of Monroe County. Call or email the following and they will pick up your donation toward a care pack- age to support our troops: Amanda Gamett or 478-954-0312; Denise Herring herringbuildersC, , or 478-394-8863; Claude Curlee cbccur147@ or 478-994-6178. the country. Community groups, churches and local businesses are invited to donate funds to help send care packages to the troops. Mailing individual packages has become very expensive. LTC Adams suggested sending larger i'sharing" packages rather than a single package to each soldier to be more efficient and economical This will allow assembling the packages and sending them more quickly. Some suggested items for the packages are beefjer,short slim jams, sweet or salty snacks, nuts, crackers, small packs of Pringles, sauces (Chic-ill-A, Taco Bell), Nutella, indi-