Turning the Tide holds action forumChoctaw County’s “Turning the Tide on Poverty” held community circles around the county for five weeks, concluding the week of March 19. Over 96 people participated in the circles which were held at the Ackerman, Weir, Bywy, Chester, Panhandle, and Reform Fire Departments. During the sessions participants looked at how poverty has touched their lives. Then they shared their thoughts and beliefs about why poverty continues to exist. Next, they looked at ways to reduce poverty. At the last meeting participants decided on Action Ideas that they felt were the best fit for their community. Over 60 members of the Turning the Tide Community Circles attended the Action Forum on Thursday, March 8 in the Family Life Center at Chester Baptist Church. Action ideas were presented by each of the six circles which included; forming a family anti-poverty committee, mentoring adults, mentoring youth, organizing a farmer’s market, and developing a resource guide, as well as other projects desirable to a local area in the county, particularly to Weir, and the Panhandle and Reform communities. People at the meeting were invited to sign up for an Action Team that they were most interested in. Each Action Team then met in a small group to set a date and location to begin work on the actions chosen. Others who wish to get involved in this worthwhile venture may contact Juli Hughes at the Choctaw County Extension Office at 662-285-6337 or e-mail at email@example.com or Pam Simpson at 662-617-0779 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.