Hillcrest Health fair showcases Trumbull groups, services

A PTA-run health fair Thursday, May 1 at Hillcrest Middle School showcased some of Trumbull’s local groups and services, including the Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center.

Students lined up to sign a White Ribbon Campaign list, set up by the counseling center. The campaign is a pledge of non-violence toward girls and women. Participants were given a white ribbon pin for taking the pledge. Joanne Veltri, the administrative assistant at the Mary J. Sherlach Center, said girls were also signing the list.

The counseling center, named after a Trumbull resident and school counselor gunned down in the Sandy Hook shooting, is growing, according to Director of Nursing Coleen Figliuzzi and welcomes new clients. The counselors at the center help with family issues, individuals, aging issues, parenting and more. It is also a satellite office for The Center for Family Justice.

“We help the residents of Trumbull navigate life,” Figliuzzi said.

The center can be contacted at 203-261-5110.

Also at the health fair were the Trumbull-Monroe Health District, the Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking (TPAUD), Trumbull EMS, among others.

Trumbull EMS were teaching students hands-only CPR on test dummies.

“They are doing a great job and are very enthusiastic,” Barbara Crandall said.

Melissa McGarry of TPAUD had students create lists of all the positive activities they participate in. McGarry said it was important to send out a positive message with younger students, since they’ve heard a lot of the negatives about drugs and drinking.

The fair is organized by PTA and held each year in one of the Trumbull’s middle schools.