Scott Countians Against Drugs (SCAD) was one of 719 communities nationwide to receive a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant from the White House Policy Office. SCAD will receive $625,000 over the next five years to prevent substance use among youth in Scott County.
“Our goal is to make Scott County a safe and drug-free place for our youth,” said Scott Turner. Turner is the coalition chairperson and coordinator of the Scott County Preschool Center Family Resource Center. “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community. We will use this funding to help youth in Scott County make healthy choices about substance use.”
Scott County High School student Morgan Rehm serves as president of the school’s chapter of SCAD. She played an important part in the grant application process. Students in Scott County are fortunate to grow up in a community that values their contribution. Scott County Schools applauds the commitment of student leaders like Rehm. Scott County graduates must understand the world, work collaboratively, solve problems, and be responsible members of the community. Rehm is a member of the Scott County High School Class of 2018.
“I am so proud of her,” stated Amanda Wands, former advisor for SCAD. “Morgan is a huge advocate for SCAD and has done so much within the school and community with SCAD and our local Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP).”
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local drug problems. SCAD is comprised of community leaders, parents, students, teachers, healthcare professionals, and members of local law enforcement agencies. SCAD has served the Georgetown and Scott County community for more than 30 years.