April 15, 2011
Batavia, Ohio. The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County has awarded mini-grants to six local high schools to fund after prom activities that promote a safe and drug free environment. During an afternoon presentation at the Clermont County Administration Building on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, Amelia, Batavia, Felicity-Franklin, Milford, New Richmond, and Williamsburg High Schools were presented with the grants.
“After prom activities are a great way to ensure that our young people are in a safe, secure place and having a great time without the dangers posed by alcohol and drugs,” said Board of Clermont County Commissioners President Ed Humphrey, who was on hand to help present the grants. The mini-grants are awarded as one way to bring awareness to the dangers posed by unsupervised prom and graduation parties.
“The after prom events continue to grow in popularity,” said coalition member Jimmi McIntosh. “With inflatable slides, mechanical bulls, prizes, food, and movies, teens are having a great time attending these events. Those who choose not to attend are in the minority.” After prom organizers contact parents if the young people ask to leave early, otherwise, these events are a lock in.
To apply for a grant, schools are required to attend coalition meetings, participate in a Clermont Safe Communities program that encourages responsible driving, and complete an application that states how the grant money will be utilized to increase awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. The mini-grants are awarded through a partnership between the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County and the Clermont Mental Health and Recovery Board.
For additional information about this or other county news, contact Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr at (513) 732-7597 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.