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Tigers helping to ensure community homes are healthy, safe
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College is assisting with a state initiative to ensure homes in the Clarksdale community are safe and healthy.

Tigers helping to ensure community homes are healthy, safe

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Thu May 5, 2016

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Tigers in the Math and Science Department pose for a photo after helping to create detergent and all-purpose cleaner as part of "going green" activities initiated through CCC's recent partnership with Key Concepts to implement the Mississippi Department of Health's Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes program.

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College is assisting with a state initiative to ensure homes in the Clarksdale community are safe and healthy.

Key Concepts, a research and evaluation company based in Greenville, MS, was recently awarded a contract with the Mississippi Department of Health's Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program. The company has partnered with CCC to carryout the program’s initiatives that include assessing 100, pre-1978 homes in the Clarksdale community using a Healthy Homes Assessment. The partners will also be conducting two community forums, developing a community action plan, and implementing "Going Green" activities.

A planning committee, made up of CCC faculty, students and community members, has been created to assist with creating projects and activities to promote the program’s initiatives.

C:\fakepath\Grant3.jpgTigers in the Math and Science Department have already been promoting the “going green” piece with a special project where students created 98, 8oz bottles of detergent and all-purpose cleaner in chemistry labs on campus.

In an effort to raise community awareness, the mixtures were then passed out along with educational information during Clarksdale’s Juke Joint Festival.

“The students seemed very excited about the project, especially those who came out to help pass them out during the Juke Joint Festival.” said CCC Math Instructor Catelin Peay. “I told them to just hand out as many as they could carry then they could go, but they stuck around and ended up coming back to get more bags.”

In addition, ten CCC students have been hired to assist in assessing 100 homes in the community. 

According to Peay, the homes were selected on a voluntary basis through partnership with local elementary schools, churches and property managers.

“We’re always trying to bridge the gap between the school and the community, so the fact alone that our students are getting out in the community is great,” said Peay.

“I think it’s important that students are learning how what they do right now can impact the future of the environment and they can do so much to preserve and sustain their resources.”

Committee members are currently in the process of planning a community forum in the near future.

Those individuals interested in having their homes assessed can contact Peay at (662) 621-4158.