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From Steve Kastigar and Mary Beth Null

By Staff | May 21, 2014

To The Editor,

The Magnolia High School Drug Free Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community who contributed financially to make the club a success this year.

The Drug Free Club is designed to identify drug free students, reward their good choices and empower them with effective prevention tools so they can stay on the right track to avoid drug abuse. The current annual membership cost for students is $65, which includes the cost of drug screens, test collectors and testing supplies for all members. The students receive a confidential drug test, which is administered at the school. Once the test comes back drug free, the student receives a membership card and agrees to random drug testing throughout the school year. Magnolia only charges students $25, and we ask for community donations to make up the difference.

Club members, when presenting their membership cards, receive the following benefits: free admission to New Martinsville parks and pool, free membership to Prodigy Wellness Center, and reduced admission cost for all Magnolia High SChool sponsored events. Dr. Neill Marshall also offers a 15 percent reduction on vision and eye health exams for members and their families. Arby’s restaurant donates an offer to buy one get one free cinnamon roll.

A presentation by club representatives Shelby Sands and Katie Ensinger was given to the New Martinsville Rotary Club and St. Vincent De Paul Holy Name Society resulting in very generous financial support. The Rotary Club also purchased all the remaining fundraising rally towels purchased by the Drug Free Club for its golf tournament.

Substantial donations were made by Peoples Bank, Union Bank, Lions Club, Witschey’s, Mensore Distributing, Moose Lodge, Stone Energy, Buddy Light, Jr. Accounting and Tax Service, the Wetzel County Coalition Against Drug Abuse, WesBanco, and individual rotary club members.

We fell that this program is effective at showing students that they are encouraged by our community leaders to be drug-free rather than being influenced by peer pressure or other factors. Without the financial support of those listed, this drug prevention program at our school would not be possible, and we want to extend our sincere appreciation to those who contributed. Please say thank you to these local businesses by giving them your business to grow our local economy.

Steve Kastigar – Prevention Resource Officer

Mary Beth Null – School Nurse