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Please join us as we work together sharing information and services to help build
a strong, vibrant, healthy community.
For the safety of our members, we will continue to hold meetings VIRTUALLY.
We will send out ZOOM meeting information the week before scheduled meeting.
If you can't make it, we are happy to make announcements for you.
Contact Nancy Stites at nstites@dawsonfamilyconnection.org if you need more information.
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Our next VIRTUAL meeting will be July 7 , 2020
Click HERE for June 2nd VIRTUAL meeting notes
~ Dawson  County Family Connection News ~
480 Fresh Food Boxes Distributed to  Dawson County Families

Article written and photos provided by:
Erica Schmidt, Dawson County News Staff

On Monday June 8, Dawson County Family Connection partnered with Dawson County Schools and USDA Farmers to Families Food Box to bring free boxes of fresh produce to Dawson County residents.
Nancy Stites, Dawson County Family Connection Coordinator, explained that her group had been working hand-in-hand with the school system to organize and execute the distribution.
"I got the information from the school system with a list of possible distributors so I started making calls until I found a distributor who could deliver food to us," Stites said. "And I'm so thankful for the school system for letting us use the junior high school for the pickup location."
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The distribution was scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. on Monday and operate until the boxes ran out or until 6 p.m., but the truck delivering the food arrived earlier than scheduled so the distribution was able to start early.
"We got a whole truckload - we weren't gonna do that originally, but in order to get them here on a particular day with a short amount of lead time the distributor said he could promise us a day with a whole truckload, so we said we'd take it," Stites said. "And then the truck got here early so it started out a little hectic but it calmed down quickly."
The truck delivered 480 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, and all of the boxes had been picked up by Dawson County families before 3 p.m.
Read full article HERE
Look for these signs posted on day of distribution!
Next Food Distribution Date
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July 1, 2020 at DC Junior High
3:00p-6:00p
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Dawson County Family Connection  with help from the  Dawson County School System  is proud to partner with  Farmers to Families Food Box  to provide Dawson area families  with wholesome fresh fruits and  vegetables!
Food boxes are available at
NO COST!
There are no eligibility requirements to  receive a food box...just show up!
Limit 1 box per family, 2 boxes per vehicle.
Dawson County Needs Foster Families

There is a worry that families who were on track to become foster families  BEFORE  the pandemic outbreak, because of loss of job or other circumstances, may  NOT  be eligible to become a foster family  AFTER  the pandemic. Unfortunately, there is also a worry that  the need for these foster families will increase as availability decreases. PLEASE, if you have ever considered being a foster family or know someone who has...CALL BLAKE BOYER at 706-525-1130 for information TODAY!
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There are many myths that surround becoming a foster parent and surround foster children themselves. Family Connection has started "Myth-busting Mondays" to dispel some of those myths. Our first two myths are shared below:


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It is OK to not be OK
Dawson County Family Connection has compiled a list of counselors and hotlines in our area that will be more than happy to help you:
Focus on Your Strengths-Focus on Solving Problems-Focus on the Future
Taking care of yourself is priority one!
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Mental Health America of Georgia also has an online mental health screening available HERE





















Want to #BeTheKey in preventing underage drinking and drug use?
Want to find out what teens are really focused on and what you can do about it?  
Then text PREVENT to 474747 for weekly conversation starters, tools and tips!
CHALLENGE for the Youth of Dawson County!

What's your "why" for not doing drugs, vaping, or drinking alcohol?

Is it to be able to run a marathon?

To be a good role model?

A general commitment to good health?

 

Post a video or picture of your "why" on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok! It can be funny, silly, serious, etc. We just want to see YOU and inspire others to do the same.
Be sure to use the hashtag  #MyWhyChallenge. Together, we can  #BeTheKey!
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07/01/2020-FREE FOOD Distribution at DCJH
07/03/2020-Family Connection OFFICE CLOSED for HOLIDAY
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Join the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy Prevention Team
THURSDAY JUNE 18, 2020
10:00am-11:30am
for a virtual screening of
RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE
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a film chronicling the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations. Following the film The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy prevention Team will present information on Connections Matter Georgia, their new initiative in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse GA, designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma, and understand how interactions can mitigate the impact of ACE's. 
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REGISTER HERE

FREE VIRTUAL RUBY PAYNE CONFERENCE:
Addressing The Challenges of Poverty
September 21-22, 2020
Addressing the Challenges of Poverty brings together all sectors of a community in one venue for networking and learning in order to create healthier, stronger communities, colleges, and schools.
This practitioners' conference showcases best strategies and champions who are successful implementing the core aha! Process strategies as exemplified in the Bridges model and in communities, organizations, and individuals who use the work. This annual event focuses on bringing all parts of a community together to build sustainability in all sectors: schools, criminal justice, higher education, businesses, health care, and more. It is time for us to join forces. Learn how to move your mission forward. Network with others facing challenges similar to yours. Learn from experienced practitioners. You can choose from a range of session strands depending on your interest.
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REGISTER HERE
You're invited to connect  with other parents during Strengthening Families Georgia's virtual Parent Cafés. These Parent Cafés are an opportunity for parents to come together to talk, to listen, and to support each other through stressors, worries and challenges that many have struggled with alone.
June 16Knowledge of Child Development -  Parents know how kids learn and grow
June 23Social-Emotional Competence -  Children learn how to handle feelings
June 30Parental Resilience -  Parents can bounce back
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REGISTER HERE
~Collaborative Bulletin Board ~

-Free or low cost health plans
-Learn more about training to become a volunteer!
-Share your opinions for the future of GA400 & SR53
-Summer Activities List
-Summer Resources for Parents
-Worried about affording medicines?
-A ccepting new students for credit recovery and for the fall semester
-VIRTUAL Clubhouse Opportunity for ALL kids!
-UPDATED CARES Energy Assistance information
-NEW live chat feature!
-Do you know of a child in need of a bed?
-Congratulations on you 1 00k milestone in book mailings!
-VIRTUAL Career Coach

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2020-2021 Back-to-School Supply Application
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Pick-up days:
July 29th 10am-1pm (Parent/Guardian- last name A-L)
July 30th 10 am-1pm (Parent/Guardian-last name M-Z)
July 31st (by appointment only - please call 706-265-1244 ext 1736)
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The cost of each bag is $1.00 (due at pick-up). 
Please DO NOT send cash to the school prior to pick-up.
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Pick-Up Location: Hightower Academy
175 Tiger Circle
Dawsonville, GA 30534
706-265-1244 ext 1736
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APPLY FOR A STUDENT BACKPACK AND SUPPLIES  HERE
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2020-2021 school year opened on Monday, 04/13/20. 
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Click HERE for details
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      For more information contact:
Patricia Yaegle
(706) 265-3246 Ext. 1035
patricia.yaegle@dawson.k12.ga.us
SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS
Before starting the 2020-2021 school year: ALL students entering or transferring into the 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot
CLICK HERE for information
Meningococcal booster shot (MCV4) requirements have been REVISED.
CLICK HERE for information 
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
Free meals served weekdays
JUNE 1st-JULY 24th
11:30 am-12:30pm
at Rock Creek Park 06/01-07/15
(no meals the week of July 4th)
at DCJH 07/20-07/24
For more information contact:
Linda Byrd
706-265-3246 Ext. 1008
lbyrd@dawson.k12.ga.us
~Other News ~
Dawson County needs YOU to respond to the 2020 Census!
Do your part and respond to the 2020 Census today!
Online ( my2020census.gov), by phone (1-800-923-8282), or by mail (return the questionnaire you received in the mail) - it takes less than 10 minutes but makes a BIG difference.
Census data benefits communities in various ways. According to a study published by GW Institute of Public Policy, one person in Georgia is estimated to be worth $2300 in federal funding per year. Over 55 federal programs use census data to fund services that can directly impact your community such as school lunches, Medicaid, rural assistance, food banks, SNAP, WIC, and housing assistance. It can also be used for local planning purposes such as determining the number of schools, recreation facilities, or senior housing needed.

 

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