Rome, N.Y. - The first ever Community School Carnival was held on Saturday at Bellamy Elementary School in Rome.
Bellamy Elementary School Assistant Principal Molly Mytich says Bellamy was selected as the first Community School in Rome, "Community Schools is an initiative that is actually nationwide to bring in scholarships and grants for events such as this, bringing in mental health support, bringing in food pantries, and events just like this to bring our community together. This is a really big deal for us here in the Rome City School District and for the Rome community."
Bellamy Elementary School Principal Nancy Opperman says schools all across the country have now been designated as Community Schools, "Bellamy was the first Community School and next year they're moving into Staley Elementary and eventually every school will become a community school. It gives the families the opportunity to come and see the different resources that there are in our community and to know where to contact them when they need that help."
A number of local agencies were on hand to give students, their families, and community members in general, information on what resources there are available to them in the community.
One agency, Rome Memorial Hospital's Community Recovery Center, which provided plenty of information, also gave a demonstration on Narcan, the drug used to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose.
Rome Memorial Hospital Community Recovery Center Nurse Michelle Barrett performed the demonstrations and says with the rising number of issues with opiate overdoses in communities across the country, this is a perfect place to give those in the community not only the knowledge of how to use Narcan in case they come across a loved one who has overdosed, but to give people a free sample of the drug, "This works almost like a little nasal spray. You just want to press between your thumb and your two fingers just like this, you would put this up the persons nostril, all all the way up until your fingers hit the end of their nose, and you just give one short firm push. This is an opioid antagonist, so what that means is it reverses the effects of the opioid, which in respiratory depression, people actually stop breathing, so this actually goes in and kicks off all the opiates off the receptors in the brain and reverses the effects."
Rome Memorial Hospital's Community Recovery Center still has plenty Narcan samples available for anyone that would like one. Give the Rome Memorial Hospital Community Recovery Center a call at (315) 334-4701.