We were thrilled that on Tuesday, March 11, 2019, we were able to present this check to the Morse Pond PTO, on behalf of Falmouth Families, Community & Safety First.
Our group, made up of local parents, came together unexpectedly last summer when we heard of Gosnold’s plan to open a Dual Detox facility within a stone’s throw of our Middle School. This was never a fight against helping people who suffer from mental illness and addiction, rather a fight for our children who deserve better.
We spent countless hours researching facilities of this type, how close they were in relation to a school, and problems that came along with the close proximity. After hearing of increased lock down situations, needles disposed of in school yards and unwanted visitors frequenting the premise, we vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure our kids would not be put in that situation.
Being a parent comes with constant worry and concern. In a world where we are now having to practice lockdown drills, even at the preschool and kindergarten levels, it is unfathomable that a facility like this would even be considered next to our children. We are not blind to the opioid addiction that is facing our town, but we also cannot put corporate greed ahead of the health, safety and wellness of our seniors and our children.
Members of the Morse Pond PTO received the check for $1500 from Amy Leonardi on behalf of the Save Morse Pond group. Funds for the donation came from money raised by the group’s Go Fund Me page, and were given on behalf of those who indicated they would like the money to be donated to the Morse Pond School in lieu of receiving a refund. The money will be used towards creating an outdoor classroom, which will be enjoyed by both students and staff of Morse Pond School as well as by the community. Seeing this money, that multiple families donated, go towards an outdoor classroom for the students of Morse Pond, makes us so happy. We will continue supporting Falmouth families. We will be getting involved in our local government including Town Meeting and School Committee and doing what is best for the safety and wellbeing of our residents. Go Osprey!