By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

The Mesa County Meth Task Force is taking a new approach to fighting the drug problem in our community but the group isn't using bigger billboards or commercials--its using books.

It wasn't an easy way to grow up, Margaret French's parents were alcoholics and she was taken from them at a very young age.

"It was rough for me as a foster child," French told 11 News on Wednesday.

It was hard enough dealing with turmoil at home, let alone trying to focus on school work.

"The focus then became how to survive," said French.

But when she was a teenager she reached a turning point with the help of a tutor.

"That mentor is probably what made the difference in me being able to go to college."

Wednesday, French sat in on training to become a tutor with the Mesa County Meth Task Force. She's one of 45 volunteers who signed up for the program.

Angie Wickersham coordinates the task force and was excited to see a big turnout.

"These people who are volunteering for the next nine months are gonna help these kids bridge gaps," Wickersham told 11 News on Wednesday.

She says the kids who are at the heart of this program are in foster homes, have parents in jail or on drugs, or are struggling in school and because of their challenges, they may have missed out on basic skills like reading and addition.

"They may be basic skills but kids need these to be successful in later grades," said Wickersham.

Inthe first year officials hope they can help at least 30 kids with the tutoring program but they're hoping that will grow.

Margaret French says she'll be happy to help even one child.

"It makes me feel good inside. You can never give back to children what they give to you," said French.

And for that child it could mean the difference between a life in school or a life on the streets.

The Meth Task Force says they'll be tracking the students' progress through tests throughout the program.

If you missed the training on Wednesday you can still sign up just click on the link below for more information.

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