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More re: Human Trafficking
Raising Awareness
>>  From the Human Trafficking Hotline -

Myths & Facts:
Myth: Only women and girls can be victims and survivors of sex trafficking
Reality: One study estimates that as many as half of sex trafficking victims and survivors are male. Advocates believe that percentage may be even higher but that male victims are far less likely to be identified. LGBTQ boys and young men are seen as particularly vulnerable to trafficking.
Myth: Human trafficking involves moving, traveling or transporting a person across state or national borders.
Reality: Human trafficking is often confused with human smuggling, which involves illegal border crossings. In fact, the crime of human trafficking does not require any movement whatsoever. Survivors can be recruited and trafficked in their own home towns, even their own homes.

                                               Watch for more Myths vs Reality coming in the next issue.
                                                           (Compliments of the Imagine Foundation)

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  The group’s looking to surpass the success of last year’s “Halloween Hurrah” fundraiser with a repeat of the event on Sun., Oct. 27th from 1-5. Donations for a basket raffle or to help defray expenses would be promoted & gratefully accepted. And, if anyone has any ideas on how it can improve from last year they’d love to hear from you. Contact Kelly Latevola, Parma Hts. Police at 440.885.3883. This is a great program and deserves the support of the community. Please help pass the word.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235.

O  From Parma City Schools:
     >>  Teach Me To Read At Home….Learn more & register for this great 4-session program beginning October 16th at Pleasant Valley Elem. Click here:
      >>  Parma Parent University….PCSD & Tri-C have teamed up to offer free, informative & entertaining workshops for parents w/students in the district who wish to learn more about a variety of subjects & challenges which affect children today. The 1st session, “Social Media and Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know” is scheduled for 6:00 pm Wed., Oct 16th at Normandy H.S. Go here to learn more & to register:
      >>  Take advantage of “Donuts wth Dr. Smialek”, a once-a-month opportunity for a donut, coffee & an informal conversation with the Superintendent. Sessions run from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at local Dunkin’ Donut locations as follows: Wed, 10/02/19, 6919 Ridge Rd., Mon., 11/04/19, 7422 Broadview Rd. and Mon., 12/02/19, 5759 State Rd.
     >>  Tours of 21st Century Schools are scheduled for Oct 12, Oct 26 & Nov 9 & Nov 16. For details on these and up-to-date information re: up-coming Strategic Consolidation meetingsVisit
     >>  Mark your calendars & plan on attending the first of four Town Hall meetings on Tues,, Oct. 8th, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Seven Hills Recreation Center, 7777 Summit Dr.
     >>  Discovery Centers will be opening soon at Valley Forge, Parma Sr. & Thoreau Park/Ridge-Brook. Offerings include tutoring, homework help, credit recovery & enrichment activities. Go here for more information:

O  The Parma Council of PTA’s invites you to….
      >>  Start planning now to for the 9th Annual Festival of Tables, scheduled for Feb. 22nd, 2020 at LaVilla Conference and Banquet Center, 11500 Brookpark Rd. Cleveland 44130. This is a particularly well attended, unique & fun fundraiser for the PTA. It also offers an out-of-the-box opportunity for a business/organization to market/promote itself. Perhaps Parma, Parma Hts & Seven Hills City Councils could each host a table & compete amongst themselves. Check out the PTA Council’s FB page for a video of last year’s event.

O  From PCSD Connects (formally CBS Connects):

      >>  Go here:  for schedules of mock interviews, resume opportunities, Mentor breakfasts, etc.  coming up this month. Click on the “Gear-up” graphic to learn about all the college admission/scholarship assistance services that are available for your child,

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
      >>  The next Mobile Food Pantry is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 10th at Parkview Elem. For those interested in volunteering: for set-up be there around 8:30 am & for distribution about 2:30 or so.
      >>  Be sure to check their web site ( for any additional and/or changes in programs/ services, etc.

O  Here’s a clever App from ODE:
Try this budget exercise w/your child. Once the budget’s completed it allows him/her to search for a job that pays enough to cover expenses. It’s fun, relatively simple & works well.  Click here to start:

From The Ohio Department of Education, Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI….
      >>  Is offering a free video module, Promoting Access for People Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, or Visually Impaired. This training gets you started with basic strategies to begin building relationships and engaging in basic supports. It empowers you in strengthening connections with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired at home, at school, and in the community. Go here to learn more & to get started:

O  From Parma Area Fine Arts Council (PAFAC);
Visit their web site at to learn more about and/or register for their 2019 Pre-Holiday Craft Show scheduled for Sat,, Oct. 12th.

O   From the Parma Area MyCom Neighborhood (PAMN):
>>  Dollar Bank is offering the opportunity for high school seniors to win a $10,000 scholarship. Go to by Oct., 21st for details & to register.
      >>  If you know of any students interested in participating on the PAMN Youth Council contact Julia Boxler, CCPL Youth Programming Mgr at or  ph: 216.749.9401.
   >>  Available from University Hospitals - Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center are a host of programs for kids of all ages. In addition to Safe Sitter and Safety at Home classes, they also offer older students the opportunity to experience a Distracted Driving Simulator. Check out the attached flyers describing presentations for larger group audiences. Visit their web site at or call 216.983.1110 for details.

O  From Aspire Greater Cleveland….
      >>  To avoid a possible reduction in funding the Aspire Adult Education Service is looking to bolster its enrollment.
Among other things they’re asking alltheir partners to pass along scheduling information to adults needing classes in GED®/High School Equivalency, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Citizenship test preparation, or Basic reading classes for adult non-readers or low level readers. Information can be found on their FB page: or web site:

O  From the Parma-Snow Library:
  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Kids Café
- During the school year we collaborate with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide children with healthy meals.  Monday – Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. while supplies last.
      >>  Storytimes begin Sept. 3!  Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.  
            >  Baby & Me Storytimes , Tuesday 10 a.m; Ages birth – 18 months with caregiver;
            >  Family Storytimes,  Tuesday 6:30 p.m.;  All ages with caregiver;
Toddler Storytimes, Wednesday 10 a.m.; Ages 19 – 35 months with caregiver,
Preschool Storytimes, Wednesday 6:30 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m Ages 3 – 5 years, but not yet in kindergarten, with caregiver,

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.):

      >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  The Homework Center is now open….Monday through Thursday,  4 – 5:15 pm or 5:15 – 6:30 pm. For students K – 8. Registration is required; call 440.885.5362 or
      >>  Go here for the current Storytimes schedule:
  Fall Maker Club - For Gr. 5-8; Wed., Sept. 25 – Dec. 11 : 4:15pm - 5:30pm / No program: Nov. 27 - Join us after school as we transform the teen space into a place for creating. Our first session will be a special kickoff event/orientation for you and your parents. Registration and signed parental consent form are required. Register here:
      >>  Art Experiences— Grades K – 8; Fridays at 4:00 p.m., Sept 27th to Dec. 13th (no program Nov 29th). Engage your imaginative self with open-ended art explorations. Examine the works of art masters and explore various mediums such as paint, pastels and clay. All materials are included.  Register at:

O  From the
Parma Hts. Branch Library:
 >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Fall Storytimes at the Library: For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families; Tues., 9/3 – Sat., 11/30
.. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 8:00 AM, 10.03.2019