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LEAD community action group update

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

October 17, 2013

The LEAD Community Organization has several projects it is currently working on: “Healthy Body and Healthy Mind” after school program; Operation Santa and Every Bag Counts.


LEAD Community Organization, in partnership with PRIDE Community Services and LifeBridge AmeriCorps, presents the “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” after school program. This program targets middle-school aged children, offering fun, interactive ways to engage the students to learn healthy lifestyle choices including nutrition, drug prevention, self-management skills and general social skills.


Middle School is a pivotal time for young people and after school programs are a proven strategy for putting them on the right path to success. LEAD hopes to help strengthen their resolve and build confidence to ensure that their paths to success are wide open.


According to Richard Ojeda, LEAD’s BOD President, “the after school program will provide mentorship to a select group of students to assist them in achieving goals they may not have thought they could reach.”


The “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” program will run Tuesday through Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the PRIDE building on Stratton Street. For more information, contact Judith Runyon, LEAD Program Director at 304-896-8551.


LEAD is once again partnering with the Marine Corps League, fire departments and various churches and organizations throughout Logan county to bring back the Operation Santa program. This year’s plan is to work with all area fire departments to send Santa out to every neighborhood in Logan County just before Christmas with gifts for children. More information can be found on the website at www.loganoperationsanta.com, or by contacting the Lead or Marine Corps office. The next planning meeting will be held at the Veterans Center in Henlawson, October 24, 2013, at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend.


LEAD is planning to implement a new program throughout various communities in the Logan area called “Every Bag Counts.” Bags will be distributed throughout various neighborhoods so that families can place a donation of non-perishable food items in the bag. The bags will be picked at various times throughout the month and replaced with an empty bag for the next pickup. The food will be used for our Community Kitchen and to assist other organizations who distribute food baskets to those in need. If you would like to spearhead a bag campaign in your neighborhood, or would like to participate, please call 304-896-8551 for more information.


Everyone that supports the many Lead programs is being asked to consider our monthly pledge campaign. This will enable the various programs to continue serving those in need, including the children, throughout southern West Virginia. The pledge can be as little as one dollar per month, or as much as you would like to donate. Remember all donations are tax deductible. For more information about this program, visit www.leadcommunityorg.com/pledge.