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Youth at Lewisville center receive new coatsDate: 12/19/2017
Due to the goodwill of numerous state entities, students at the Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center had an experience they will not soon forget.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of County Operations in a joint venture with the Division of Youth Services (DYS) provided the center’s 26 students with trendy, warm, bubble-style coats.
“Walking in the room and seeing those jackets … it made me feel special.” said Daten, a student at the facility. “I like them because they look good.”
Cassandra Henry – the center’s liaison – asked Judy Beatty, president of the DHS County Administrators Association, to help her find a way to purchase new coats for the students.
Beatty, who’s also county administrator for the Lafayette County office, contacted the Arkansas State Employees Association. The organization would ultimately assist the county administrators in buying the coats. The County Administrators Association and the employees association purchased 13 coats apiece.
“I am pleased that so many people were willing to help out,” Henry said. “We appreciate their compassion.”
Beatty intently viewed the students’ enthusiasm as they received the coats.
“This was a neat experience for us,” she said. “I’m happy that both the employee association and the county administrators association supported this project.”
April Hannah, DYS deputy assistant director of residential and community operations, acknowledged that the stylish coats are a boost to the youth’s morale.
“We provide quality coats for all of our youth at the centers. But they’re very ordinary,” she stated. “We’re excited that we had two associations make such a substantial contribution. I appreciate what Judy and everyone at the Lafayette County office did for our youth.”
Cutline: Students at the Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center pick out and try on newly provided winter coats. Lafayette County Administrator Judy Beatty and administrative assistant Lavon McKamie delivered the coats as early Christmas presents to the youth.