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A new group, called Two Villages, was formed in January by eight members of the Woodmore community to help parents.

The name of the group is a twist on the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” and it represents all people in Woodville and Elmore, including civic groups, churches, school groups, businesses and individuals. It was started because these people “recognize the suffering of our family, friends, and neighbors as they – and we – grieve the loss of several young lives,” says Jayne Klett, chair of the group.

“We are committed to finding out what we don’t know about the lives and pop culture of our children so that we can create a community where they can grow in healthy and safe ways,” Klett said.

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Owens Community College will host a free Virtual Reality DUI/DWI Auto Simulator Awareness Program Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.

The program is being presented by the P.E.E.R.S. (Professionals Encouraging Educational Reform Statewide) organization and the college’s Office of Student Activities.  The system is a portable automobile road simulator that emulates real road driving conditions.  It facilitates training and assessment of drivers in an actual vehicle and realistically highlights the dangers of drinking and driving.

Participants are seated within an automobile and wear virtual reality goggles to fully immerse themselves in the simulation program. The scenery is computer-generated by virtual reality software, which receives data from the wheels and pedals of the vehicle to provide an interactive experience recreating a variety of driving conditions.

Individuals initially drive the automobile simulator sober through various scenarios chosen at random by the program, such as driving in the rain and on crowded highways and exits.

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The week of Feb. 1-5 will be observed as National School Counseling Week, as sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and supported by the Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA).

The observance is intended to focus public attention on the important contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and to highlight the tremendous impact that school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

In a proclamation, Gov. Ted Strickland cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

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