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F.R.E.S.H. Coalition Teams Up with YMCA to Offer Drug/Alchohol-Free Dance for Middle School Students

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

danceROCKY MOUNT – On Friday 8/19/16 the Fresh Coalition, Chill and YMCA partnered to offer a free event to middle school students. The event held at the YMCA featured a drug and alcohol free theme and was designed to give kids a safe and fun alternative to substance abuse. It featured a DJ, swimming, free snacks, a photographer, and information about substance abuse prevention. Around 125 students attended the event. 

The YMCA was set up to offer a “dance floor” with local basketball coach and Fresh Coalition member Tony Wright showcasing some dance moves and providing the music. There was a basketball area setup and inflatables for kids to race on. There was also an additional space setup for a local photographer to take group photos of students with their friends and class mates.

“It’s important to provide fun and active alternatives for county youth. This event is a great way to provide a social experience that focuses on fun,” says Regina Clark, a member of Fresh.

Fresh and the YMCA are both working towards decreasing the estimated 40% of Franklin County Youth who have experimented with drugs and alcohol. As a part of this broader mission the Fresh coalition offers family fun nights, after prom events and informational sessions to the community. The Y offers everything from swim lessons to all 2nd graders, to wellness programs, to mentoring and leadership programs for youth.

This was the third collaboration between Fresh and the Y which has included middle school dances and an after prom event. The ongoing partnership aims to give youth alternatives to negative behavior while helping to build stronger families and a stronger community.

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Franklin Co. School's Newest Tool will Combat Threats in Real-Time

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

sheriffROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County School system has partnered with the Sheriff's Department to bring a real-time threat alert system to all area schools later this year.

CopSync911 is a system that allows teachers and school personel to connect with the five closest police officers and a dispacter in the event of a life-threatening situtation such as an active shooter. 

Sheriff Bill Overton says the program saves precious time.

"One thing we've learned in these tragic events is that seconds count," Overton said.

Superintendent Mark Church says the technology can be used on mobile phones and computer desktops. The system will be installed first in the high school and then to all other schools in Franklin County.

An anonymous donor made the school's purchase of the system possible.

Within the software, users can share information in a chatroom-sytle setting. A map of the area along with officer locations is also available.

Church says the software will help relay vital information from the scene to dispatchers when the 911 lines may be tied up with irrelevant information.

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