Pajama-rama is a drive to help collect items for the more than 500 homeless kids in Lenawee County. From Oct. 7-21, donations can be dropped off at United Bank and Trust branches, TLC Community Credit Union branches, First Federal Bank branches, the Lenco Credit Union in Adrian or the Blissfield State Savings Bank in Blissfield. Suggested donations include new underwear, pajamas or socks; $5 restaurant gift cards; or personal hygiene items.
This fall, Lenawee County residents will have the opportunity to participate in a county-wide health assessment survey. The survey is an important first step in determining the future need for health services and resources in our community. As a Lenawee County resident, your participation in the survey is critical. If your household is selected to receive the survey, please plan to participate. Some students in our local school district will also receive surveys at school to take home to complete.
A writer and author for Scientific American Magazine, Katherine Harmon, explains why using money for preschool programs is a great investment. Her full article is available on the Scientific American Blog site.
Michigan Alliance for Families is excited to announce that its website (www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/eo) now includes information to help families become more involved in the growth and development of their infants and toddlers.
Now is the time to submit your application for the national free and reduced-price meal programs, offered through all public schools. This year the Adrian Public Schools received a grant and are offering free breakfast and lunch for all students in grades K-8. There is no need to submit an application. For students in higher grades or in other districts, reduced-price meals are available for school children if the family's yearly income for a family of four is $41,348 or lower; free meals are available if the family's yearly income for a family of four is $29,055 or less.
There is no reason for any child in Michigan to go without health care coverage. Both no-cost and low-cost programs are available. A no-cost option called Healthy Kids is an arm of Medicaid that covers children in households slightly above the poverty level; children qualify even if their parents don't.
More than just another day of fun---it’s about celebrating who we are and the freedoms we enjoy, it’s about helping one another through service projects, it’s about hope and laughter, but mostly it’s about feeling good about our community, because together we are better! See details at communitycelebrationday.com
Great activities for the whole family, July 24-30. For schedule and admission prices, visit www.lenaweecountyfairgrounds.com
Starting today, you can no longer sell or give away a traditional drop-side rail crib in Michigan or in the rest of the country. Drop-side cribs are one of the most popular crib designs. They have a side rail that can be raised and lowered for easier access to the child. Drop-side cribs have caused more than 30 deaths since 2000. Crystal Phillips is the Safety Center coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She says she is telling parents to stop using the drop-side cribs immediately.
Over 8,500 injuries due to fireworks were reported in the US in 2010. Forty percent of those injuries occurred to children under the age of 15. Remember to keep kids safe this Independence Day. And even though sparklers seem less dangerous than fireworks, they aren't--Those sparklers can reach a temperature of more than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Give young children (the under-12 crowd) glow sticks instead--they're just as fun and won't light their hair on fire or cause serious burns.