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Prevent Coalition awarded $100,000 Opioid Prevention Grant - 09/19/17

In the midst of what many are calling a national crisis, Vancouver-based Prevent Coalition was awarded a $100,000 Opioid Prevention Grant from the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). The one-year grant will provide funding for opioid prevention in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

With support from this grant, Prevent Coalition will focus on two main strategies of prevention. The first is to expand their already successful Drug Take Back events, which have collected over 15,600 pounds of unused and unwanted pills in the last seven years. The coalition will be building capacity to hold biannual Drug Take Backs in Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties. The second is to create a comprehensive social marketing campaign to increase awareness of the dangers of opioid and prescription drug misuse and abuse and motivate the community to secure and dispose of their prescription medications safely.

"Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids," said Joy Lyons, Prevention Intervention Coordinator for Prevent Coalition. "We are excited to work collaboratively with coalitions in the tri-county region and use this grant to work toward lowering that number."

In support of their grant application, Prevent Coalition received letters from the following coalitions: Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, One Prevention Alliance, Our Klickitat, STASHA, Prevent Together, and Unite! Washougal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.


About Prevent Coalition
Founded in 2006, Prevent Coalition is a group of diverse community members working together using an evidence-based framework to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations, Prevent Coalition is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. Find toolkits, resources, and information about addiction, prevention, and resilience for adults and youth at PreventCoalition.org.

Free preschool: the best thing you can do for your 3- to 5-year-old is also good for the whole family - 09/12/17

ESD 112 has 180 preschool slots available. They're free to eligible families, and that isn't even the best part. Children who attend programs like ESD 112's Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) are more likely to graduate high school and go onto college, more likely to be employed and earn more as an adult, less likely to be in special education or repeat a grade, and less likely to become pregnant as a teen or be involved in a crime. They're also healthier when starting kindergarten.

What's more, is that ECEAP provides referrals to housing, employment and other resources for families. These services have helped families overcome homelessness and find stable employment.

"We have high quality preschool programs that not only support the child but also provide resources for the entire family," said Jodi Wall, Executive Director of ESD 112 Early Care and Education. "ECEAP literally changes lives, and we want as many people to benefit from the program as possible."

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to reach parents and families who would benefit from the program. Even with continual recruitment in the community, there are 180 grant-funded slots that will disappear if not filled by October.

The free preschool program is open to eligible 3- to 5-year-olds at locations across Clark County in Vancouver, Evergreen, Battle Ground, Washougal and Woodland school districts. Children are accepted into ECEAP based on their age, family income, and other developmental or environmental risk factors. Parents can call 360-952-3466 to find out if they're eligible and apply for enrollment.

Ethan Chessin
Ethan Chessin
Ethan Chessin, music teacher at Camas High School, named Regional Teacher of the Year (Photo) - 09/07/17

Ethan Chessin believes that a 14-year-old is capable of producing work that a 44-year-old (who isn't that child's parent) finds beautiful, interesting, and useful. This, among so many other things, is what makes Chessin brilliant at his job. A music teacher at Camas High School, Chessin was recently named Teacher of the Year for the ESD 112 region. One of nine Regional Teachers of the Year, Chessin is now in the running for Washington State Teacher of the Year. That honor will be awarded at a special reception in Seattle on Monday, September 11th.

Using music to teach every subject, with lessons on race, prejudice, Islam, poetry, and current events, Chessin is passionate about the power of music.

"Music is part of being human," Chessin said. "Whether beautiful or brutal, I try to show my students how this is true, and help them see music as a means of communicating meaning." It's no wonder that in the six years Chessin has been teaching at Camas High School, enrollment in choir has grown from 45 students to nearly 200. He's expanded the music department, adding four choirs, songwriting and piano classes, and an orchestra.

With a mission of bringing the world to the school and the school to the world, Chessin has brought musicians, composers, community leaders, culture bearers and more into the classroom. To expose students to every aspect of the music industry, he found funding for a recurring yearlong project that allows students to compose, perform, publicize and put on a concert. In a review of one such concert, The Portland Mercury called the performance, "the most life-affirming night of music I've experienced in some time, leaving me downright aglow with joy."

Being named Regional Teacher of the Year is a rigorous and lengthy process that includes interviews, classroom visits and recommendations. Many remarkable teachers completed the application process and will be honored in their school district board meetings or all-school assemblies, including:

* Meadowlark Clark, kindergarten teacher from Tukes Valley Primary School, Battle Ground School District

* Betsy Barnhart, math teacher from Wishram High and Elementary School, Wishram School District

* Christine Nakae, middle school math teacher from Trout Lake School, Trout Lake School District

* Lynn Nelson, 7th grade science teacher from Cascade Middle School, Longview School District

* Irene Soohoo, reading intervention and history teacher from Pleasant Valley Middle School, Battle Ground School District

* Shelly Spadaro, kindergarten teacher from Lyle Community School, Lyle School District

* Claire Cornish Verity, theatre arts teacher and drama director from Prairie High School, Battle Ground School District

Attached Media Files: Ethan Chessin
Washington State Marijuana Impact Report to be Shared at Prevent Coalition Quarterly Meeting - 09/07/17

Marijuana has been legal in Washington for nearly five years, and the impacts may surprise you. The energy used for marijuana growing operations in Washington alone could power 2 million homes and equals the carbon dioxide emissions of 3 million cars. Tenth graders now drive after using marijuana twice as often as driving after drinking alcohol (10% vs 5.4%). As of February, there are 1,674 individual businesses involved in the industry. These and other findings from the Washington State Marijuana Impact Report will be shared at the Prevent Coalition Quarterly Meeting on September 20th at ESD 112 in Vancouver.

The 122-page report was released in August from the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA). The NW HIDTA is a region of 14 counties in the state of Washington that have been designated by the White House for special law enforcement and chemical dependency initiatives. Dr. Steven Freng, Prevention/Treatment Manager for the organization will share data from the report on:
* consumption rates of youth and adults
* abuse rate
* treatment admission rates
* effect on schools
* impaired driving
* criminal activities such a robberies, burglaries, and assaults

The public is invited to the Coalition Meeting on Wednesday, September 20th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at ESD 112 (2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661) in the Skamania and Klickitat Rooms.


About Prevent Coalition
Founded in 2006, Prevent Coalition is a group of diverse community members working together using an evidence-based framework to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations, Prevent Coalition is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. Find toolkits, resources, and information about addiction, prevention, and resilience for adults and youth at PreventCoalition.org.

Three ESD 112 Board members to run for re-election - 08/28/17

August 25, 2017

Three ESD 112 board members are up for re-election this fall. The election is for a four-year term beginning January 2018 through January 2022.
Members up for re-election are:
* Rainer Houser, who represents Director District 2, which includes Castle Rock, Kelso (partial), Longview, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Ocean Beach, Toutle Lake, and Wahkiakum School Districts. Houser was appointed to the ESD Board in 2014.
* Trish Kellogg, who represents Director District 4, which includes Ridgefield, and parts of Battle Ground and Vancouver school districts. Kellogg has served on the ESD board since 2011.
* Darlene Stickel, who represents Director District 6, which includes Evergreen Public Schools. Stickel has served on the ESD board since 1998.

All three incumbents plan to run for their current board seats.
Other candidates wishing to run for the ESD 112 Board may obtain a form from the Administrative Resource Office, Old Capitol Building, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, Washington, 98504-7200 (360-725-6132/Fax:360-753-4201) or Educational Service District 112-Attention: Terri Tangalin-Piedra, Administrative Assistant to the Board of Directors, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, Washington, 98661 (360-952-3317/Fax:360-750-9706).
Declarations of candidacy and optional Candidate Statements must be filed with the Administrative Resources Office September 1-16, 2017. Voting by ballot will take place October 1-16, 2017.
To be eligible for membership on an ESD Board, a candidate must be a registered voter and live in the ESD district for which the candidate files. ESD Board members serve a four-year term and are elected by the members of local school boards within each ESD.
ESD 112 is a regional body created by statute to:
* Provide and assist in the development of cooperative services for local school districts and joint purchasing programs for schools within the ESD;
* Act in a consultative and advisory capacity to local school districts;
* Assist the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education in the performance of their respective duties;
* Provide services to the School for the Deaf and School for the Blind to assure equal educational opportunities