Dave Baxter, the coordinator of the local Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP), resides over each of these meetings. Baxter said that KY-ASAP started the initiative that founded Champions organizations in most counties across the state, but that their funds are given to them by the Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. The purpose of the Champions groups is to coordinate local efforts for drug and alcohol abuse education for children in each of these counties. The local board covers Trigg, Lyon, Livingston and Caldwell counties.
Baxter said that local KY-ASAP boards can request up to $15,000 a year, but that most boards don’t get that much because the funds have to be distributed all over the state. Before the meeting, Baxter described some recent projects for which the Trigg County Champions designated funds. He said that for the third year in a row, they had given $650 so that high school technology teacher Erin Eagleson’s class could design and print pamphlets promoting a drug-free lifestyle. He said that it been a very worthy project because the students learned a lot while having to research the negative effects of drug abuse.
After the meeting began, Baxter reported that a YES Grant written for 4-H was separate from the Champions money, but that the funds had been administered by them. He said that they would also need to think of some fundraising ideas soon.
Baxter said they needed to start talking about their budget for 2008-2009. He said that their proposed budget could have the exact same items as 2007-2008, or that they could revise it as needed. Committee member Laura Shelton said she thought some money ought to be set aside for storage boxes so that teachers could store drug abuse learning materials with a lower possibility of them becoming damaged. A.S.K. Center Director Janice Boyd that the “Slick Tracey” drug prevention comic books. She said they might also consider funds for the Character Counts and bullying programs. Baxter said they should find out exactly how many children are affected by those programs.
Red more of the Champions' plan in this week's Cadiz Record.