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published on 08/02/2007

Education, Arts & Culture Debuts Character Book

By Laurie Shipley
Director of Development and Marketing Education, Arts & Culture

The Department of Education, Arts & Culture (EAC) debuted its character book, Think, Draw and Talk About It, aimed at youth targeting difficult and negative social issues that they face in today’s ever changing world.

Issues addressed include: tobacco, alcohol, sexual and drug abuse and bullying. A contract, between adults and youth, on internet use/abuse is also included, which will facilitate a dialog between adults and children on potential dangers of the internet. Five pages are built-in which provides a creative outlet where he/she can illustrate their ideas on these sensitive issues. Illustrations created and submitted to EAC may be used in future anti-drug public service announcements for “Straight Up!,” a signature and original EAC initiative in partnership with the Chattanooga Police Department. Finally a resource page for parents, provided by the United Way’s 211 center, rounds out the book. EAC Administrator Missy Crutchfield states, “The booklet has been a high priority of this department – to provide a creative outlet for youth dealing with social issues as well as a resource guide for caregivers.”

The character booklet can be found at all EAC facilities, City Hall, city recreation centers and EAC partner schools. These booklets are available at no charge. For further information on the character book, contact Laurie Shipley at or .

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