MRPC News Release

For immediate release
June 1, 2017

For more information, contact
Bonnie Prigge at (573) 265-2993

St. James High School awarded Project Graduation grant

ST. JAMES—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded St. James High School a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration.

Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives, valued at $400, that remind students to buckle up and arrive alive. Seniors and parents, who are planning the all-night event, along with school administrators accepted the incentives on behalf of the 2016-17 senior class. St. James High School was one of seven Project Graduation grant recipients.

Kristy Rich, parent organizer, and Emily Bullock, a senior, with St. James High School accepted the check presented by Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) executive director, and Trent Brooks with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). MRPC and MoDOT are members of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety presented the incentives on its behalf.

MRPC coordinates the Project Graduation/Docudrama mini-grant initiative through a grant from the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 25, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.orgor on Facebook at


Return to MRPC Welcome Page

Return to MRPC Press Release Archive