Three special events (two this week) you don't want to miss! (May, 2010)

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WCCC Spotlight May 6, 2010
A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!


Mmm, mmm!

Roast Beef Supper Saturday, May 8 at
the Richmond Grange
to support children's
mental health awareness

You can get a great meal of
roast beef, mashed potatoes
cole slaw, green beans, johnny cakes, and home made pies and support the Coalition's annual Feelin' Groovy project.
A 2009 bookmark
     Each year Washington County 2nd graders are encouraged to draw pictures of faces with emotions, as part of a curriculum inspired by Janan Cain's award-winning book, The Way I Feel. The amazing artworks become fantastic bookmarks.
     This week, the Richmond Grange Hall is donating proceeds from its famous dinner to pay for this year's project.
     Don't wait! It's reservations only and at only $12, $6 for children, you get a bargain and support children's mental health awareness at the same time.
     Call Evelyn at 783-5253 or Bert at 783-3113 to reserve your dinner. Servings will be at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Please note:
The Coalition has a
new phone number:
(401) 788-2347

Postal carrier food pickup ends this Saturday, May 8
Help children this summer

Letter carriers throughout Rhode Island will be picking up non-perishable food items you leave by your mailbox no later than 9 a.m. this Saturday. 
     This annual food drive to collect items for the RI Community Food Bank is the largest single-day food drive in the country. The Letter Carriers' food drive helps to replenish the warehouse shelves at the Food Bank during the summer when many families with school-age children need food the most.
    Towns in our area and nearby who are participating are Coventry, East Greenwich, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Wakefield, and Westerly. 
      The Food Bank also needs volunteers at least 14 years old this Saturday afternoon at select post offices. To sign up, please contact Kelly Nichols at
    This food drive is made possible through partnerships with UWRI, National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO Community Services, U.S. Postal Service, Campbell's, Feeding America, Valpak and National Rural Letter Carrier's Association.

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 10
RI Education Commissioner Debra Gist will keynote Coalition's 8th Annual Breakfast 
Completing her first year with "Race to the Top" proposal
Gest photoDeborah A. Gist will be the keynote speaker at this year's Children's Issues Forum, the Coalition's eighth annual event, on Thursday, June 10 at The Village Inn in Narragansett, from 8-10:30 a.m..
      Since becoming the state's Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education last July, Gist has visited every school district, charter school, and state-operated school. She has developed and published Transforming Education in Rhode Island, a strategic plan for public education. She has raised the bar for entry into teacher-preparation programs, ordered that teacher assignments be based on student need, and announced partnerships with Providence and Central Falls to turn around the state's most persistently low-achieving schools. Currently, she is busy working on the state's Race to the Top proposal, which could bring $126 million to transform education in Rhode Island.
     Before coming to Rhode Island, Gist was Superintendent of Education in the District of Columbia.
     This year's Breakfast will also announce updated statistics on the status of children and families living in the towns of Washington County. The Coalition will also bestow the 2010 Champion for Children Award.
     Tickets are $30 each (discounts for members) and the brochure will be available next week at
Membership period starts June 1.
As low as $10, and you get back $5 right away
with a discount to the Children's Issues Forum
The Coalition is instituting an exciting new members program. By joining, you'll be ensuring that the Coalition can advocate for children and families in Washington County in the strongest way possible!
     And at every level of membership, the benefits accrue! Individual memberships at $10 can pay back almost immediately with a $5 discount to the June 10 Children's Issues Forum. Practitioner memberships at only $25 also include their professional listing on the about-to-be premiered new Coalition website and $10 off on an accredited workshop. Nonprofit agencies, businesses, and foundations will find equal advantages in joining at very reasonable rates.
     Look for the new membership brochure next week at
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What you need to know about the WCCC

The Washington County Coalition for Children brings together everyone in Washington County who cares about children. The Coalition is known for: 

  • Tracking and publishing the trends in children's issues, and convening public meetings around the needs.
  • Convening monthly meetings that bring together more than 40 organizations
    to tackle the most compelling problems facing children and their families.
  • Establishing a website to help parents of children with mental health and substance abuse problems connect with local treatment providers
  • Sponsoring an annual "How Are the Children?" Forum, a must-attend event
    for anyone working on children's issues: community leaders, advocates, and elected officials.
  • Holding monthly workshops to help doctors and mental health professionals care for children with behavioral health problems and  developmental disabilities.
  • Organizing a holiday gift drive for teens in conjunction with Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield.
     The Coalition achieves astounding results, with just one part-time staff person, dedicated volunteers, and administrative support from VNS Home Health Services.
We cover all Coalition costs through voluntary contributions
of Coalition members, grants, and your generous donations.

     For more information about the Washington County Coalition for Children, go to or contact Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban at or (401) 788-2347.