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WCHYC fundraiser approaches

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By Roberta Hunt

There are many organizations and individuals working towards helping the youth of Washington County succeed and become caring and productive members of our community. One such group, the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition has been doing this since the mid ‘90s through 2013. The coalition has been led by the Washington County Prevention Center director Issac Frye and coordinator Wilma Sorrell through the Washington County Schools. The mission statement of the WCHYC is “The Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition strives to assist the community in the development and implementation of strategies that will deter/reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as incidents involving violence and teen sexual involvement among the youth of Washington County.”  Since the inception of the WCHYC, many programs and activities for local youth and parents have been provided.  KIP surveys conducted between 2001 and 2010 have shown a decrease in alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use by all grades surveyed, grades 6, 8, 10 and 12.

The Washington County Community Prevention Center main funding is provided by the Drug Free Communities Support Grant and that funding will be ending for good in September 2013. Several upcoming fundraisers are being held to help sustain the WC Community Prevention Center. The first fundraiser will be this Sunday. It will be a basket and cake auction on Channel 6 TV from 6-9pm. Anyone wishing to participate and they don’t receive Channel 6 can stream it live on their computer at www.channel6tv.com. Donations of Easter Cakes or Easter/Themed Baskets will be accepted through Sunday at 5 p.m. For more information or to donate please contact Wilma Sorrell at 336-5470.

The second fundraiser will take place during the annual WCHYC Town Hall that will be held on Thursday, Mar. 28, 5:30-8 p.m. at Mordecai’s Restaurant. The public is invited to attend although reservations should be called in to Wilma Sorrell at 336-5470 or emailed at wilma.sorrell@washington.kyschools.us.  The first 100 to send in reservations will have their dinner provided. There will be a silent and live auction of over 60 outstanding items including: country ham, Avon basket, Bath & Body Works basket, Dollywood tickets, Louisville Bats tickets, Lexington Legends tickets, local restaurant gift certificates, Hardin’s Jewelry certificate, 31 purses, 30 and 60 minute massages, one year membership to Bernheim Forest, art work from WCHS and local artist, and many more items. To bid on items the night of Town Hall, please call Dana Kelty at 859-805-1294. Proceeds from the auctions will go toward sustaining the WC Community Prevention Center.

Upcoming 4-H events
The 4-H Young Riders will be holding a bake sale on Sunday, Mar. 24 at 11 a.m. – sold out at the Bardstown Wal-mart. The club is raising money to help pay for their summer state competitions. Club members will also be attending the KY Youth Horse Festival on Mar. 27 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The educational event will draw up to 4,000 students from across Kentucky.

The 4-H Teen Club will be attending the LTA Teen Fun Night held in Bloomfield. Teens from 18 counties are invited to attend. Washington County members must pre-register through the extension office to attend.

The 4-H Seed Sprouters Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the extension office. New members are welcome. Club members will have the opportunity to learn about starting spring and summer gardens and preparing horticulture exhibits for the KY State Fair.

There will be a 4-H Cooking Workshop for any 4-H member not a member of the 4-H Food Stars Club. The workshop will be help on Thursday, April 4, 10-noon at the extension office. Those interested in participating are asked to pre-register by March 29. Participants will learn basic baking skills and receive help in preparing exhibits for the 4-H Youth Fair on April 26 and 27.