Providing young people with fun, healthy alternatives to substance abuse has been the goal of the Drug Alcohol Reduction Team (D.A.R.T.) in Lincoln County and this week, the first of what is expected to be an annual event will be held.
There are 34 teams comprised of students from the four public school districts who have registered to play in the Mud Volleyball Tournament May 23 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. There are eight members on each team so over 270 middle and high school students will be involved. There is no cost to the students who will receive a free t-shirt. Pizza, soda and water will be available at a small price.
“We would love to have the community, parents, teachers and others come out to witness this event,” said Millie Palmer, of Preferred Family Health and chair of the D.A.R.T. committee. “The winning team will be presented a traveling trophy which they will present to their school for display.”
Among the supporters who have donated cash, materials or in kind labor include Geeding Construction, Lincoln County Fair Board, Troy Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Explorers, Preferred Family Health, four public schools, Witte Bros., Bank of Old Monroe, Kroger, County Market, Troy FFA and others. The fire departments will be providing water for the courts and the Lincoln County Ambulance District will be present to care for any injuries.
Palmer said among the objectives of D.A.R.T. is to eliminate substance abuse in the county, provide alternative activities, educate the community on trends of drug and alcohol and promote parental involvement. Data from a survey in the four public school districts will be used to develop approaches to solving serious drug use in the county.