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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To Ce­cil Col­lege sign­ing an agree­ment with the Ce­cil County Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence and Rape Cri­sis Cen­ter to im­prove the over­all re­sponse to sexual as­sault at the col­lege. The mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for­mal­izes a partnership be­tween the cam­pus and the cen­ter that has ex­isted for sev­eral years. But the agree­ment will also al­low the cen­ter to better help Ce­cil Col­lege stu­dents and staff by giv­ing them a better idea of what sexual as­sault-re­lated re­sources are avail­able. Two ser­vices of­fered through the agree­ment that stu­dents should be par­tic­u­larly aware of are the 24-hour hot­line and the free coun­sel­ing ser­vices. The rape cri­sis hot­line is avail­able to both stu­dents and staff, and peo­ple can get help anony­mously. Ku­dos to Ce­cil Col­lege for proac­tively de­sign­ing re­sources to help those cope af­ter a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

To the ex­pan­sion of Op­er­a­tion Fill the Pantry just two months af­ter launch­ing. The char­i­ta­ble ef­fort led by two Ce­cil County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices em­ploy­ees opened a sec­ond pantry at Elkton High School and plans to open two more at county schools in the com­ing months. Al­lie Austin and Kim DeAn­ge­lis started Op­er­a­tion Fill the Pantry with the goal of pro­vid­ing free hy­giene prod­ucts to stu­dents so those stu­dents can feel their best and do their best in school. The or­ga­ni­za­tion opened its first pantry, which in­cludes mostly hy­giene prod­ucts as well as some cloth­ing and non-per­ish­able food, at Elkton Mid­dle School in mid-Fe­bru­ary. At the end of March and at the re­quest of Elkton Mid­dle, the group opened a sec­ond pantry at Elkton High be­cause of the need there, Austin said. The duo have been sup­ported by lo­cal part­ners and we salute all in­volved with this great pro­ject.

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