May 7, 2012
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ST. JAMES—The St. James High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants worth $3,350 to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The St. James Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission executive director, front row fourth from left, presented the grant award to Loretta Perona, Project Graduation coordinator. Also pictured in the front row are seniors from left, Kassey Quick, Rachael Shaw, Emily Perona and Annette Van Norman. Back row from left are seniors Jon McClintock, Lance Nichols, Brandon MacFarlane and Zachary Pearson as well as St. James Police Officer Mickey Boles. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at email@example.com.