Thursday, March 07, 2002

Some Good News

Child safety message

        The play, Give Us This Day, which focuses on child safety, will be performed at two black churches by Theatre IV ArtReach.

        It will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Baptist Church, 625 Rockdale Ave., Avondale, and at noon March 24 at Front Street Baptist Church,, 111 Front St., Hamilton.

        The play is based on a true story of an African-American mother whose son is killed in a car crash because he was not properly restrained. It was written by Bruce Miller, Theatre IV's national artistic director.

        Mr. Miller said the play functions as a sermon, as entertainment and as an inspirational safety program.

        A year ago, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the Red Cross and Theatre IV ArtReach sponsored a youth injury prevention program through 14 predominantly black churches.

        The program was designed by Dr. Victor Garcia, trauma service director at Children's, because African-American children account for 36 percent of all child injury hospitalizations in Hamilton County. The black population is 27 percent.

        Dr. Garcia also had statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that nationwide African-American children are twice as likely to die in a car crash, four times as likely to die from drowning, and five times as likely to die in a fire aswhite children.

        Dr. Garcia said the program is the first of a host of interventions that will move people to change their behavior.

        For its work in initiating a dialogue among 300 citizens and 40 police officers concerned about police-community relations, the Greater Cincinnati Social Study Circles Work Group will receive the Daniel J. Ransohoff Citizen Initiative Award.

The award will be given by the League of Women Voters at its annual lunch April 16 at the Westin Hotel.

        The group was nominated for the award by the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

        The league said it acknowledges the work group's year-long and continuing contribution to promoting a safe and just community for all citizens.

        The group's efforts resulted in moving forward on four action themes: education and training, community and police partnerships, policy and procedures reform and community initiatives.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.


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