A presentation was offered at the Warm Springs Community Center yesterday on Human Trafficking with the goal of increasing awareness so families and individuals can help protect themselves. The presenter was Amanda Gow from Guardian Group in Bend. She talked about the issue saying “In Central Oregon trafficking happens and is a real problem. In 2018 35 minors were treated for trafficking in Central Oregon. Two of those victims were connected to a national sex ring. 25% of agency clients report that they have been trafficked. Agencies can include runaway homeless shelters or other places where services can be accessed.” Increasing awareness about the dangers for women and children – can help protect them. Young people especially need to avoid situations that could draw predators toward them.
The Johnson O’Malley Committee for Warm Springs Families is now accepting Applications for the fall activity allowance. This can be for activities such as Rodeo, Dance, Sports, Camps, etc. You can pick up an application at the Higher Education Office upstairs at the Education Building or online packets can be downloaded HERE. The deadline to apply is Monday September 30th.
At Madras High School today they are continuing with spirit week activities leading to the homecoming football game tomorrow night and the induction into the distinguished alumni hall of fame. Today students will learn about Tom Tucker who graduated with the class of 1999. He enlisted in the United States Army shortly after graduation. While serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in 2006, he was killed in an insurgent attack at a checkpoint he was guarding. At his memorial service, then Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski said of Tommy: “PFC Tucker was a son of Oregon and a true American hero… Oregonians are proud to have had PFC Tucker as a member of our community and we’ll hold him in our memories. His sacrifice is a testament to honor and courage. His bravery on the battlefield will not be forgotten.”