Croton Community Coalition Receives Competitive Grant

(Croton-on-Hudson, NY) – The Croton Community Coalition will be receiving a five year, $125,000 a year, Drug Free Communities (DFC) continuation grant in order to continue its national award-winning efforts to keep Croton youth safe and drug free, according to Laurie Dean, Coalition Coordinator. Dean made the official announcement at the Coalition’s October board meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

“This is an exciting time for the Croton Community Coalition. In this, our sixth year, the continuation grant will allow us to develop new, innovative and award-winning programs that proactively keep our Croton teens safe and drug free. In partnership with the school district, the Village, and with the support from a variety of community sectors, we are making a difference in a very public way,” said Dean.

Continue Award-Winning Initiatives to Keep Croton Youth Safe and Drug-Free

The Coalition acts as a resource for Croton teens and parents to make informed choices about drug and alcohol use. With this new grant, the Coalition plans to focus more of its efforts on educating parents, teens and the community in general about the dangers of prescription drugs as a gateway drug to heroin use.

“Local issues involving substance use and abuse require location solutions. The Coalition plays a vital role in our community by providing information and resources to our students and their families. I applaud the Coalition for reapplying to receive this competitive Drug Free Community grant and for working in the best interest of our Croton youth,” said Edward Furman, Superintendent, Croton- Harmon Schools.

Croton was one of 14 communities in Westchester and Rockland Counties and one of 680 communities nationwide to receive a DFC grant this year.

“The Croton Community Coalition has established itself as an indespensible community resource to provide information that parents and teens can use to make informed choices about drug and alcohol use. The Village wholeheartedly supported the Coalition’s grant application to continue its vital work here in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and we are delighted the grant was awarded again,”

In the past year, the Coalition created and mailed out its award-winning “Marijuana Prevention Tool Kit for Parents,” sponsored three prescription drug take back days, organized a candlelight vigil, sponsored an appearance by Dr. Michael Fowlin who brought his acclaimed stage performance to the middle and high schools to promote his mission of worldwide inclusion, and sponsored the Fourth Annual Vassallo Fest and Prevention Fair.

The Coalition, in 2009, was originally awarded a competitive five year federal Drug Free Communities grant of $125,000 a year with in-kind matching donations of time and materials. For more information, contact Laurie Dean, Coalition Coordinator at crotoncoalition@gmail.com or call 914- 261-6365.