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County DD board continues awareness efforts

COAL GROVE — The Lawrence County Board of Developmental Disabilities have been celebrating developmental disabilities awareness since the beginning of March and have yet to let up.

After the initial kickoff week, which involved a balloon launch, a Dr. Seuss Day, exhibitions of early childhood care and education and the start of a local food drive, the students and adults got underway with another string of events and celebrations.

Tri-State Industries, the adult workshop, held a dance Tuesday evening for the employees. The entry fee for the dance was canned foods, which ultimately filled a van with food.

“The dance for awareness month isn’t our biggest of our dances, but it does let our consumers cut loose during this time of the year,” says Josh Tackett, Workshop Director at TSI.

At the Open Door School in Ironton, students from the local school districts visited classrooms to help Open Door students prepare for a Social Studies Fair hosted Thursday.

Each classroom prepared displays in the categories of political science, sociology and economics, with categories ranging from pioneer lifestyles, to local government and money of the world.

“The students have put a lot of effort in these projects,” says Kendra Kelley, Principal at Open Door School. “They will be judged not only on what they have learned, but also how well the topics are presented. And by the looks of things, they may be receiving high rankings,” Kelley said, referring to the quality of the presentations.

Kristie Smith’s Intermediate 2 Classroom’s project on ancient Egypt was voted the top project of the fair. Judges included County Commissioner Les Boggs and employees from local school districts.

Upcoming events for the Lawrence County Board of DD include the Chili Fest and Craft Show on March 20 and the DD Awareness Basketball Games on March 25, both located at Dawson Bryant High School. Raffle prizes at these events include Reds baseball tickets and Bengals exhibition tickets.