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Salem High School awarded Project Graduation grant
SALEM—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded the Salem High School with a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration for Salem High School seniors. The Salem High School was one of six Project Graduation grant recipients.
Schools in the Meramec Region were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included $200 cash and $100 in gift cards and educational incentives, that remind students to buckle up and arrive alive.
Grants were awarded via a zoom call on May 20. Due to COVID-19, many of the area schools have had to push graduation and project graduation celebration to June and July, but many schools reported they intend to provide the events in a way that keeps the students safe, but still gives them the celebration. MRPC is a member of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and coordinates the Project Graduation/Docudrama mini-grant initiative for its eight counties through a grant from the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety.
Project Graduation activities for Belle, Bourbon, Fatima, Hermann and Linn high schools also received grants.
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. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 34 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.