As a former prevention specialist for the Washington County Children Services Prevention Program, I am delighted to support the levy on Nov. 6 to reinstate the School Outreach and Prevention Program (SOPP). Prior to returning to graduate school, I served as a prevention specialist for five years in the Warren Local and Marietta City Schools. It was amazing how many at risk families would readily welcome the help, support and resources offered by the prevention program. A significant amount of children, parents and teachers indicated improvements because of the interventions. Most families reported their stress levels decreased, their children's negative behaviors decreased and their life satisfaction increased. The school records indicated the children's truancy issues decreased and their academic achievements increased as a result of prevention interventions such as after school tutoring. It felt great to be a part of a program that had positive effects for our community. Even now, several teachers and principals still rave about the prevention program and grieve its loss. I sincerely hope it is reinstated with a favorable vote result on Nov. 6.
LeAnn Bates, MED, LPCC
Professional clinic counselor