News release from Swanton Area Community Coalition


For immediate release:  Contact: Neil Toeppe

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Board President, S.A.C.C 
419.826.1941 (Office)

419.466.9347 (Mobile)

Swanton coalition remains positive

(Swanton, Ohio) Today, the Swanton Area Community Coalition is trying to remain positive despite a surprising rejection of more than $500,000.00 by the Swanton Local Schools Board last night in a unanimous decision.

"Combined with the potential grant dollars that SACC has applied for on our own, this money would have gone a long way in this community," said Neil Toeppe, President of the Swanton Area Community Coalition.  "SACC will remain a positive voice in this community, and will continue to fight and win the local battle on drugs and alcohol."

A letter will likely be mailed from the Board today to the US Department of Education formally rejecting the Alcohol Reduction Grant.

"We made every attempt to educate this Board on the issues at hand, and for whatever reason, they decided to go in a different direction," said Toeppe.

SACC has applied for a separate Drug Free Communities grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy which would provide approximately $125,000.00 per year for the next five years.  An announcement is expected later this month.

This morning, Neil Toeppe said, "Lets just be grateful that the fate of this grant doesn't lie in the hands of the School Board, because who knows what would happen."

The Swanton Area Community Coalition extends their gratitude to the residents of Swanton and the surrounding communities who showed overwhelming support in the last couple of days.

Background on SACC:

The Swanton Area Community Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit community organization dedicated to the reduction and elimination of illegal substance use and abuse by youth in the greater Swanton community.

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