MARTINS FERRY — Unified Bank recently donated $500 to next year’s Belmont County Stay Clean Car Show, an annual fundraiser that helps support the program.
The Middle and High School years are perhaps the most important years in the development of life skills, habits, and practices. Teach children good habits at this age, and they are likely to continue these habits for the rest of their lives. The same can be said about bad habits. This is why Belmont County Juvenile Court and the Belmont County School Clean Up Program are so important to everyone in our community.
Research has determined that students who engage in substance abuse will do worse in school than students who remain clean. Students who stay clean — drug and alcohol free — are more likely to get better grades, have lower absenteeism rates, participate more in school-related activities and are more likely to graduate.
Belmont County Schools Staying Clean organizers, recognizing the many risk factors for high-risk substance use, strive to provide activities and programming designed to keep children healthy and drug-free. Among other things, this includes drug screens for youth participants, public speaking presentations from highly respected motivational speakers at schools throughout Belmont County, awards and incentives for youth participants, and ongoing work to educate and encourage more youth to participate.
According to Belmont County Juvenile & Probate Judge Albert E. Davies, “This important work comes with a price tag, and through generous sponsorships and contributions from dedicated local leaders like Unified Bank, we are able to provide this life-saving service.”.
Each year the organization hosts an annual Car Show, used as a fundraiser and as a beacon for community awareness.
“Our support of the Annual Car Show has no doubt saved many children from taking the first step to using drugs by providing a positive alternative and the ability to express their participation in the Stay Clean Program,” said Martins Ferry Police Chief and BCSSC Board Member John McFarland.
The organization looks forward to suggestions and conversations as they continue to operate the program and in their 2023 Auto Show planning. They also accept sponsorships and donations.
Bersatu Bank President & Chairman Scott Everson said, “Unified is thrilled to help kick off this year’s Annual Stay Clean Car Show fundraiser with a $500 donation.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the Belmont County Schools Stay Clean Program or in donating to the Annual Car Show can contact Chief McFarland by calling 740-296-0685.