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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 7A Jail literacy program reaches far beyond bars Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Plumas County Literacy has launched a Second Chance program in the coun- ty jail. The brainchild of liter- acy coordinator Victoria Metcalf, the program's start- ing point is with incarcerated student participants, but it reaches deep into the commu- nity to help these individuals long term. The program is funded in part through grants, includ- ing $5,000 of state earmarked literacy funds from the jail and additional state library services funding. In addition, the county allocates $11,500 to the program. Metcalf also conducts Second Chance for Families, targeting anyone in the incar- cerated person's home--from partners, to children, to par- ents who may be live-in care- givers. The idea is to spread a wide net, helping all those affected by the trauma of incarcera- tion and to create a stronger support system for the indi- vidual once he or she is released from jail. This big-picture approach makes good sense when Metcalf gives a detailed pro- file of the target population. Often, these individuals have had trouble in school since they were very young. They've either been labeled troublemakers, usually because they come from diffi- cult or abusive homes, or they are struggling with attention deficit disorder'or reading disorders that are. typLcally undiagnosed .in this popula- tion until years later. The sense that they are "bad" or "disruptive" kids fol- lows them throughout their schooling and in the jail said Metcalf. Many still have a negative reaction to educa- tion. Metcalf said she'd rather see money being spent on this group when they start school, rather than when they show up in jail after years of fail- ure. This cycle often continues when these individuals are jailed. Stress in the home often spikes. Animosity towards the jailed partner can get explosive. In some cases, lost income can also make it difficult for the remaining partner to pay for food and rent. All of this has repercussions for chil- dren, who often start to have problems in school them- selves. Second Chance now offers classes at the jail three days a week. These include GED and adult basic-education classes. In addition, there's a life skills class that offers individ- uals support for success by teaching them basic comput- er skills such as letter and resume writing along with how to explore the Internet. Metcalf used some of her program money to purchase three refurbished laptops for this purpose. Every step of the way stu- dents are encouraged in ways that help build confidence--- something that has been sore- ly lacking in most of their lives. Participants pick up with a course wherever the teacher is at the time, and they can get extra help from mentors, who are fellow pris- oners, if they wish. Metcalf tries to make sure students don't attempt the GED test until they can pass it, so education becomes a positive experience rather Service districts to meet Joshua Sebold Staff Writer At their respective board meetings in December the two Quincy service districts voiced their intention to have a joint meeting in the near future. Both boards seemed to be amenable to the idea of holding an American Valley Community Services Authority meeting at the Work Connection Wednes- day, Jan 20. It will be the first time the districts have held an AVCSA meeting in more than six months. The agenda for the January meeting will include several items proposed by the East Quincy board: revision of building stan- dards, informational items on the status of Quincy Community Service District's wastewater treatment plant and the permit required to run it, and discussion of water conservation issues. It will also feature discus- sion and possible action on a recent letter from Quincy Community Service District's board: proposing two motions to replace a previous motion approved at the May meeting. A difference in interpreta- tion of that motion, which proposed the creation of a committee to pursue consoli- dation of the two districts, led to the recent period of divi- sion and poor communication between the two districts. than a confirmation of failure. She also encourages them to fill out a Second Chance form and come to the library upon release to continue their education. The program is aimed at reducing recidivism by help- ing participants take control of their lives. When they take responsibility, rather than blame someone for their prob- lems, they begin to see the possibilities in their lives. This is not only good for pris- oners and their families; it's good for the community. Second Chance's teacher, Lyn Walters, comes to the pro- gram with more than 20 years' college teaching expe- rience. She enjoys working with this population, unlike most teachers who find it scary said Metcalf. "What keeps you going is when they get it," said Metcalf. Walters didn't know what Metcalf meant until she saw it happen herself. It's those moments that make the work so worthwhile. Margaret Miles, county librarian and Metcalf's boss, has been a great support said Metcalf. "It's an incredible' job. I never knew I'd like it so much." # Movln, on Lisa Kelly, interim director of student services at Feather River College, presents a plaque of appreciation to Levor Ross, associated student body president, who will be going on to a four-year college next semester. Kelly said she was impressed that on his last day on cam- pus, Ross was still working to limit areas where smoking was allowed on campus. Kelly said ' Ross told her his mother always told him to finish what he started. Photo submitted. Chester airport gets we00i00ther station Plumas County Airports has installed of an automated weather ogevation system at the Chester Rogers Field Airport. The new weather station will enable pilots who are using the Chester Airport to receive real time updates on weather conditions. This sys- tem was funded through a grant from the FAA's Airport Improvement Program. The newly installed station is capable of measuring wind speed, wind gust, wind direc- tion, variable wind direction, temperature, dew point, altimeter settifig, density alti- tude, visibility, variable visi- bility, precipitation, cloud height and sky conditions. Once the data is collected by the weather station it is voice synthesized and broadcast on frequency 118.275. Thevoice data is also available by tele- phone so current conditions may be obtained from any location. "This is along-awaited, much-needed improvement, giving pilots the ability to obtain timely weather condi- tions at the airport," said Sharon Thrall, chairwoman of the Plumas County Bord of Supervisors. This project is part of a series of federally funded projects Plumas County has embarked on to improve air- port safety. For more informa- tion, contact Joe Wilson, air- port director at 283-6299. FORUM, from page 6A (such as) life skills, vocational and other meaningful educa- tion" choices for them. Taylor had noted earlier that the college already has a significant number of incar- cerated students taking online classes. Other suggestions fielded during the forum included: allowing community athletic teams to use the FRC football field, which stands empty most of the year, and virtual learning. 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