Local school district seeks donations for drug-free student initiative

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Buckeye Career Center is seeking assistance from local businesses and residents to help defray the cost of its drug-free student initiative for the 2020-2021 school year.

This is BCC’s third year participating in Drug-Free Clubs of America, a nationwide program that began in Cincinnati in 2005. BCC had 375 students participate last school year. The goal of the program is to promote healthy living and a drug-free lifestyle for teenagers. Buckeye Career Center also believes the initiative is helpful to employers who are seeking drug-free potential employees. Students who apply to be involved in the chapter are drug tested and given an ID card to keep in his or her possession.

The students are randomly tested throughout the year in order to keep an active membership and to receive rewards such as five-minute early release, access to the Joe Carlisle Café & Marketplace, coupons/discounts at local restaurants, cookouts, and more.

Buckeye Career Center is seeking support in the form of monetary donations or incentives. The financial contributions help pay for the student membership fees, testing supplies, and rewards, while the incentives are distributed to students throughout the year. Local businesses can also participate in the Drug-Free Club discount card, which works like the fundraiser cards that are sold by area sports teams each summer. Any individual or business that supports the chapter will be recognized by the Board of Education and on a banner that hangs in the BCC cafeteria.

For more information on the national club visit www.drugfreeclubs.com. For more information on Buckeye Career Center’s chapter or to donate, please call Public Relations Coordinator Shyanne Carroll at 330.339.2288 extension 1241 or email scarroll@buckeyecareercenter.org to receive a donation packet.

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