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Program to benefit area students

Monday, April 14, 2008

Each year, the Clay County Sheriff's Department makes an attempt to reach out to the youth of Clay County.

Currently, the department is in preparation to handout booklets to fifth-grade students countywide in October regarding drug education.

"We started looking into it earlier this year," Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times recently.

"We'll do something different for the kids each year."

Heaton, along with CCSD Chief Dep. Rob Gambill will present the students with the 144-page handbook, "Drug Safety," which is produced by Gateway Safety Net Publications.

The book, according to a press release provided by CCSD, is used to educate and increase awareness about substance abuse.

The department will pass out the books during Red Ribbon Week in October.

During that week, all fifth-grade students in the county visit the sheriff's department in addition to the Clay County Courthouse in an effort to participate in activities "designed to instill a positive attitude toward a drug-free life," according to the press release.

The books will be gathered through local donations, Heaton said.

He said project coordinator Ron Simons will soon begin contacting local businesses and organizations with the hope they might partner with the sheriff's department to provide the material to fifth-graders.

"We wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to raise the money," Heaton said.

According to the press release, the handbook helps children "learn effective strategies to resist peer pressure tactics, while parents receive tips to help keep their kids stay drug-free."

Fifth-graders will also receive an educational DVD featuring animated characters, interactive games and quizzes.

The DVD connects to a community safety net website where children can enter online contests and win prizes.

"The more we can do for the kids, the better chance they have," Heaton said.

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The Clay County Sheriff's Department does a great job arresting drug dealers and drug makers. It is great to see that they are also involved in trying to keep our kids from getting involved in drugs in the first place. Keep up the good work!

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Apr 16, 2008, at 11:06 PM

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