By Christy Porter, Managing Editor
The Restorative Justice Organization (RJO) within state correctional centers performs volunteer work and completes projects that are in service to fellow citizens; the projects then are donated to support nonprofit entities within the community. Their activities may include food programs, creative endeavors such as quilts and textile projects, and giving aid in various forms to children and the elderly.
As an ongoing project the RJO at the South Central Correctional Center-Licking provides a birthday package for the foster children out of Texas and Dent counties. The gift package includes a quilt with either the child’s first name or their initials, a stocking hat, artwork, hygiene items and stationary items.
RJO also takes requests for special projects as a way of giving back to the community.
Recently the Texas County Baptist Association was the recipient of 10 sewn and quilted lap blankets made from provided fabric squares. The lap blankets will be a special project for participants at the Girl’s Camp to be held this summer.
The Plato School District received two backdrop murals that will be used during the Pre-school and Kindergarten graduation.
Licking Church of Christ Sonshine & Rainbow Dayschool was also given a crayon banner on which the children’s names will be written for their upcoming graduation.
A Juneteenth banner was given to Mrs. Ruby Riley for the upcoming Mr. and Miss Juneteenth Pageant to be held in St. Robert.