By Jennifer Weber
A group of Springville area community leaders, led by Grover Riefler, President of the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation (SGCEF), met on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Springville County Club to discuss opportunities to collaborate and educate our youth with drug awareness programs.
In attendance were representatives from Colden, Springville and West Valley School Districts, the Children’s League, Village of Springville Police and Mayor, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Club of Springville and members of the Springville Regional Service Coalition Substance Abuse Task Force.
The SGCEF announced the Boys & Girls Club of Springville SMART Moves Drug Prevention program as their 2016 Grant Award recipient for the upcoming Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Springville Health and Fitness Club, 243 West Main Street.
Tickets for this event are $30 and will be available in the beginning of October. For more information visit www.scgef.org.
Over the past nine years, the SGCEF has given back over $250,000 to the Springville area community with recent grants awarded to the Children’s League, Rails to Trails, Concord Historical Society Heritage Building and Mercy Flight of WNY.
Jessica Johnston, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Springville, led a presentation on the SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves Drug Prevention program the club will be implementing in 2017.
The SMART moves program is a 10-week program, offered in both the spring and the fall, with two 45 minute sessions each week, dividing children into three age groups: 6-9 years, 10-12 years and 12-15 years of age. This interactive program engages each group in age-appropriate activities requiring students to create presentations, role playing scenarios and work with other multi-media activities.
“The SMART moves program is only one solution to the local drug problem,” said Johnson. “The Boys & Girls club is working with the Springville Area Coalition Substance Abuse Task Force and the area schools to make sure we are not duplicating, but rather enhancing, supporting and expanding upon existing community efforts.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Springville currently serves approximately 500 area youth on an annual basis and is continuing to grow. With drug-related deaths on the rise, there is a great need for a structured and proven drug prevention program geared towards local youth.
“The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens in our community.” said Johnson. “The SMART moves program is consistent with our mission and may also help to save the lives of members and people close to them.”
Anyone in the community with information regarding drug use is encouraged to call or text the SPRINGVILLE TIP line at (716) 867-6161. Reports are kept confidential and anonymous.
The Village of Springville also has a drug drop-off site, located at 65 Franklin Street, where citizens can dispose of unused prescription medications and used needles. For more information call (716) 858-2903.