October 12, 2017
October is Fire Prevention Week in America and is the time we honor our firefighters. R.K. Glenn of the Montgomery Police Department and Travis Dyer of Maxwell-Gunter were given plaques by President Tommy Holliman to indicate their being Firefighters of the Year for the Exchange Club of Montgomery.
November 2, 2017
Having a fulltime nurse in each school is a goal for which Dorothy Rogers is striving. She is the School Health Services Coordinator for the Montgomery Public School System and has over seventy nurses in her charge. All but three schools have nurses now but she wants them all to have a fulltime nurse.
She started out as a school nurse in an elementary school and about sixteen years ago she was promoted to her present position. Of course funding is always a problem and now is because the school system is five million short in making its budget resulting in decreasing personnel. Nurses are responsible for children who are diabetic, autistic, and many other disabilities.
November 9, 2017
Dr. Trayce Strichik, Director of School Preparation in the Department of Early Childhood Education, was our speaker today. With statistics and logic, she made a very good case for universal pre-kindergarten programs throughout the state. Since her program continues to grow, it has been somewhat adequately funded. Her immediate superior is on the governor's cabinet and has influence in getting funding for the program. Children who have been in pre-kindergartgen progress more quickly in school, graduate more frequently and drop out less often than those who did not attend. This leads to lower incarceration rates among that population
January 4, 2018
First speaker of the Year was Jannah Bailey, Executive Director of Child Protect. It is an agency that advocates for abuse children. When a child has been abused, the agency interviews the child without policemen or prosecutors in the room to distract them. Court officials watch via closed circuit TV so that the child will not have to testify in front of many people which tends to intimidate them. This method also assures that everyone hears the same testimony at the same time as children are prone to changing their testimony over time.
January 11, 2018
Speaking to us a second time but in a new job was Molly Stone who is the Executive Director of the Wellness Coalition. Their job is help provide health care for those in the river region who have no insurance. Many people from other health organization are on the board which helps a great deal in carrying out their mission. The coalition has case workers who provide guidance for the clients as many of them are poor and uneducated.
Molly is married to Attorney Brandon Stone. They have two daughters both or whom go to Forest Avenue School. Brandon is with the Stone Law Group in Millbrook.