NEXT MEETING: September 22, 2017
A Planning Update from City of Richmond
City of Richmond Director of Planning and Building, Richard Mitchell will provide an update on key projects and trends in the City of Richmond, as well as a snapshot of how things will be in the future such as:
MEETING OF September 15, 2017
President Connie called the meeting to order and asked Don Lau to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Herb Cole led a silent prayer for peace, freedom and justice on earth. The Club missed hearing from “thoughtful” Sid Chauvin who was out.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Happy and Sad Dollars
Keeping Kids Safe
Your Scribe introduced the speaker for the day, Carol Shenon, Child Safety Program Manager for the Contra Costa Child Abuse Prevention Council. Carol has over 15 years experience working on children’s health and advocacy issues, including time at the American Lung Association.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council promotes safety for children and prevents abuse. Key programs include the community education program, child safety program, parent education, a new parents kit, the “Surviving Parenthood” guide that lists every resource in the county for parents and children, a special needs fund, and a support group for parents who have lost their children.
Carol first shared startling statistics about child abuse, and next focused on the Speak Up Be Safe Program, a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program for 1st through 6th Graders, currently featured in some Richmond elementary schools. The program educates and empowers students, teachers and caregivers about abuse, bullying, cyberbullying and sexual harassment, and encourages honest communication when abuse or harassment is encountered. The program includes two safety lessons in each classroom, not large assemblies. Follow-up activities are administered by teachers to reinforce the lessons’ content. Take-home educational materials are distributed among students to share with parents and caregivers and to encourage discussion on these important topics. Response from teachers and students has been extremely positive since the program began in 2013. Visit https://www.capc-coco.org/ for more information.
- Stacey Street, Rotating Editor