Federal Grant Encourages SGI Students To Stay Drug Free


SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 8, 2021) — A federal grant received by the Springville Regional Service Coalition helped encourage Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District students to stay drug free in a creative way. 

A portion of the five-year $600,000 federal grant awarded to the coalition in January by the Drug Free Communities Support Program was allocated toward “Drug Free Looks Like Me” facemasks, bracelets, and pencils that were given to district students for Red Ribbon Week, a drug prevention week held each October sponsored by the National Family Partnership.

Students from across the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District model the 2021“Drug Free Looks Like Me” face masks and pencils received for Red Ribbon Week. Thanks to the generous support of the Springville Regional Coalition and the recently-received federal Drug Free Communities grant, students were able to join others from across the country in celebrating good choices and a healthy lifestyle.

“The Drug Free Communities grant gives us more tools to work together to help our children make healthy choices and avoid the negative consequences of underage alcohol, marijuana and other substance use,” said Sue Boyle, director of the grant project through the Springville Regional Service Coalition. “The Red Ribbon events that are celebrated in schools, churches and businesses throughout the United States are a visible reminder that we stand together to protect our children and support their physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral health. The Springville Regional Coalition is happy to sponsor the schools’ celebration this year.”

“Research shows that substance abuse prevention efforts benefit all of our students, even those in the youngest grades,” said Deb Skok Watson, a social worker for the district who also serves as its substance abuse prevention liaison. “As an added bonus, solid prevention efforts have all been shown to improve student’s academic performance and reduce absenteeism. Partnering with the Springville Regional Coalition has truly helped us promote wellness in our student body, and we are grateful for their partnership.”

“Encouraging our students to make healthy choices is one of our greatest responsibilities as educators,” said Kimberly Moritz, SGI superintendent. “We are appreciative of the coalition’s kind gift and for the important work they do to help us carry out that responsibility.”

The Springville Regional Service Coalition is made up of individuals who live, work, and play in the community and welcomes anyone who would like to join. For more information, interested individuals can contact Boyle at sueboyle.dfc@gmail.com or 716-599-0270.