The Pella community is coming together to find ways to combat the alarming rise in drug use among area youth. Eric Nelson, Pella Community High School principal, says the changes he’s seen in recent years have him scared and worried; statistics confirm Nelson’s concerns as statistics from the Pella Police Department show drug-related juvenile cases in 2017 exceeding the five-year average by 155%. The Pella Youth Coalition launched recently in response to that jarring rise. The group consists of local organizations and families whose children attend Pella Community and Pella Christian schools, and those who homeschool. It has three subcommittees: the Student Action Committee, Parent Action Committee and the Resource Action Committee. The group’s goal – Finding a way to diminish the demand for marijuana, drugs and the use of tobacco among Pella’s youth.
Central College’s oldest Alumni recently met the college’s youngest – 106 year old Edna Van Zee, resident at Newton Village, received a visit from Monica Powers, who had just graduated from Central. 85 years separated the two grads, but they had plenty to share with each other, including the fact that they both lived in Graham Hall on campus. Van Zee became a teacher after graduating in 1931 – during the Great Depression her monthly salary dropped from $85/month to $35/month.