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What Can the Church Do About Drugs in Our Community?

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Our congregation's mission program recently took part in the CELEBRATE program to raise drug awareness in the area. A day-long festival was held at Graham Field, and from that effort a Neighborhood Watch group is being trained, and an afternoon program for elementary students is in the works. There are many opportunities to help parents in the fight against drugs. Last year, the Mission Committee offered financial support to two programs designed to help school students avoid becoming involved with alcohol and street drugs. We plan to help again this year. STEP UP is a program of the Karns City School District in conjunction with Butler County's drug program. It signs up student members who pledge to avoid drugs and to partipate in random drug screening by the Visiting Nurses Association. Those who are chosen for the random tests and are found to be drug free receive a reward, which may be a gift card, gas card, gift certificate, etc. You can find out more about this program by contacting the high school nurse. CLARION COUNTY'S PROMISE, INC has been at work since the PA Youth Survey was administered to students in 2005. The results indicated an alarming incidence of alcohol use among Clarion County youth as compared to the state average in grades 6,8 and 10. In order to combat this trend, new programs are being implemented, including family interactive drug edugation, Simulted Impaired Driving Experience vehicle programs, and several others to help county residents be aware of the problem and help in its solutions. For more information contact The Alliance for Youth at 814-223-1590 or This is not the only way to help in coping with drug problems in our area, but it's a start.
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