Though they've been around for years, the Leavenworth Cities-County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council decided to do things a little differently in 2013, one of the group's members told the Leavenworth County Commission Monday.
Pat Barnhardt presented the council's grant recommendations for 2013 grant awards Monday during a regular meeting of the commission. The total grant awards increased for 2013, from the approved $16,600 in 2012 to $25,700 in 2013.
The grants are paid for out of the county's alcoholic tax fund, which is derived from sales on liquor and is set aside by the state for alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs.
According to the recommendations submitted by Barnhardt, grant awards for Project Graduation events at Lansing, Leavenworth, Immaculata and Pleasant Ridge high schools increased for the new grant cycle.
Elsewhere on the council's list of proposals was a new cost ― the $2,400 Barnhardt said the council will spend this year on full-page glossy flyers in the Chronicle Shopper giving statistics on drug and alcohol abuse in the county during Red Ribbon Week in October. It's something the council did in 2012.
"That has been very successful," she said. "This did cost a little more than the ads we have been doing, but I got much more feedback from that. I had teachers call and ask if they could use it in the classroom."
Barnhardt said in 2013, the council hopes to publish that same sort of information again around the time of high school graduations, with additional messages.
"We're also going to include all of the Kansas laws relating to alcohol abuse, what the age limits are and the penalties are and that sort of thing, to give them something to think about," she said.
Another portion of the increased request from the council, however, will go to bring DARE program spokesman Retro Bill to more local schools.
"They're going to hit every one of those schools," she said, pointing to a list that included elementary and middle schools in every public school district except for Fort Leavenworth and several of the parochial schools as well.
Though spending more this year, Barnhardt said the council has also been able to better leverage the available funding for the requests from schools.
"Things are different now ― we send everything out by email, we don't need stamps," she said. "We still have to have our post office box, but we don't have a secretary anymore."
That said, Barnhardt did add that the request from one school ― Tonganoxie High School, for its graduation party ― was denied because the event was to be at Dave and Buster's, which serves alcohol. One other school, Basehor-Linwood High School, did not submit a request.
County Administrator Pat Hurley said there was currently about $96,000 in the county's special alcohol fund. The commission approved the grants.