News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From the July 2020 issue of the IdeaStream e-newsletter:
      >>  Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio – A Modern Day Form of Slavery.
This piece was one of six stories/programs recognized by The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & honored w/an Emmy at last year’s Annual Emmy® Awards ceremony. Click here to read the report.   
O  From the Greater Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking….
      >>  Check out the attached document summarizing the status of active HT related legislation under consideration in Columbus. You might be surprised by the number of bills being reviewed. Note also HJR-4This proposal, if approved. will finally amend Section 6 of Article I of the State's Constitution prohibiting slavery or involuntary servitude in Ohio for the punishment of crime.
O  The Office on Trafficking in Persons and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center are offering a free 1.5-hour virtual SOAR to Health and Wellness training, which teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Interested participants can register for one of the trainings below:         
Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.    or    Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   

O  Go here to learn more about and to support a “Welcome to Parma” mural to a wall on one of the entranceways into the city of Parma.. 

O  From UH/Parma Medical Center….If you’re not already aware, UH/PMC is participating in the Kids Summer Food Program which continues
through August 21, from 11 am to Noon, Monday thru Friday, children ages 1 – 18 are eligible to receive a free healthy bag lunch. Pick-up takes place at the drive through before you reach the main entrance .

O  From Ohio Dept of Health -  Coverage for Asthma Related Services in Ohio In 2019…
      >>   The Ohio Department of Health Asthma Program (ODHAP)distributed a survey to Medicaid managed care plans and one private insurance provider to help understand asthma related services that they cover. Their responses are captured in a table format & can be viewed by going here & clicking on the “ATTACHMENT DOWNLOAD” button on the right-hand side of the screen. If this is an issue for you or your organization, it’s well worth a visit.

O  From Search Institute:
Search Institute’s research is demonstrating that when young people experience developmental relationships with parents, educators, youth program staff, and other adults their outcomes are better, their risk behaviors are lower, and they are more likely to be on the path to thrive in life. See how you’re doing during this restrictive period caused the COVID pandemic.  Click this link to download their “Relationships Check” list:
      >>   To learn more about S.I.’s Developmental Relationship initiative visit, their companion website focusing on tips, tricks, tools & techniques for parents, families & youth serving organizations.

O  From “The Kids Free Book Bank”: Learn how your organization can provide free books for kids in our community!  Keep kids reading by giving away free books.  Books come pre-boxed by reading level.  Mixed reading level boxes are available by request. Order books online at: Questions?  Delivery needed? Call us 216-417-1803 or email: They are located at 3635 Perkins Avenue, Cleveland Ohio  44114

O  From Parma City Schools:
Click here to read the PCSD 2020 -2021 Re-opening Plan and related detail information. Note that the first day for students has been changed to Tuesday, September 8th. If you’d like you can read  Governor DeWine’s “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Schools and Districts by clicking here.
      >>  Click here to learn more about the district’s “Embrace All” inclusivity initiative planning for which began in October but has gain greater importance w/the killing of George Floyd.
      >>  Parma Virtual Academy…For those families not yet comfortable sending their kids back to school. “….The Parma Virtual Academy will have the same curriculum, it will have our teachers and it will have a director who serves as a principal. The difference will really only be the location of the learning.” Go here for a list of FAQ’s.
      >>  By this time you should be aware of interest in potentially changing the Redmen mascot & logo for Parma Sr. H.S. To that end Superintendent Smialek has established a process for soliciting input via a survey, community meetings & student panels. Go here for details regarding this process.
      >>  Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & school district programming,  Emergency Food Distribution, Class of 2020 Info & Upcoming Events, links to Monday Monitor E-newsletter, etc.
O  From Southwest Community Based Services (SCBS):
      >>  University Settlement has partnered with LegalWorks to provide free or low-cost legal services every Tuesday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Services will include: foreclosure avoidance, obtaining driving privileges, sealing of criminal records and more. Go here & click on the LegalWorks graphic for details.
    >>  Click here & scroll down the page for details about a new Parenting Partners session beginning today, Tuesday, July 21st. These are parenting classes for GOOD parents who want to be GREAT parents!
      >>  Call 440.887.4873 w/questions & check (Follow)  their FB page for updates.

O  From MyCom & Starting Point….Go here for an exhaustive list of “….Covid-19 Community Resources to help you and your family get through this unprecedented time.”  A lot of stuff here – worth a visit.

O  An update from the County Library
      >>  Click here for details and a list of FAQ’s: related to the opening of CCPL branches.
      >>  Families are invited to participate in the Summer Reading 2020 game.  Play online or use a game board, which will be available for youth only.  Drive-up window service is available at select branches, including Parma, Parma-Snow, Middleburg Heights and North Royalton Branches.  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Information and instructions at   Note that the program has been extended for an additional two weeks – through August 16th.      
      >>  Free Summer Lunches for youth
ages 18 and under at the Parma area branches will be held from July 6th through August 7th.  Youth can pick up a brown bag lunch, Mondays through Fridays, on a first come, first served basis at the following locations: > Parma Branch:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm,
> Parma Hts Branch:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm  and  > Parma-Snow Branch:  11 am - noon  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, lunches are served in a “grab and go” style. 
      >>  Is your child ready for kindergarten?... This month the Kindergarten Club video series focuses on building the math skills kids need to make a successful transition to kindergarten. You can watch on their YouTube channel or website. A new series of lessons is posted each month. These videos are intended to be viewed in order as each lesson builds upon the last one.
 Have a soon-to-be teen driver? They can practice sample Ohio Permit tests as many times as they need — until they’re ready to take the real DMV test! Other than having a library card there’s no special registration or fees required. Try it here.
      >>  Given your library card allows access to a “….robust digital collection of eBooks , eAudiobooks , movies , music and online learning platforms. Our What to Read LIVE program on Facebook offers rapid-fire reading recommendations from our expert librarians every Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Our Ask Us Online service is available on the Library’s website to provide you with: Library account help, Digital collection support,  Answers to your reference questions & Live homework help via ….”

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020