Breaking News Bar
posted: 3/22/2012 4:27 PM

DuPage schools get $17,000 in grants

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, far right, talks to a group from Franklin Middle School in Wheaton at a ceremony Thursday for the drug forfeiture grant program. From left are Jennifer Benkert, Antonio Rice, Jamie Suarez, Paul Boucher, Nathan Barringer-Moore and Brandon Dau.

      DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, far right, talks to a group from Franklin Middle School in Wheaton at a ceremony Thursday for the drug forfeiture grant program. From left are Jennifer Benkert, Antonio Rice, Jamie Suarez, Paul Boucher, Nathan Barringer-Moore and Brandon Dau.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Darrah

 

Drug dealers inadvertently supplied more than $17,000 for drug-prevention efforts at 35 DuPage County schools, thanks to a series of grants handed out Thursday by the state's attorney's office.

The funds derived from assets and money seized in drug investigations will support programs such as Red Ribbon Week and Say No To Drugs clubs. Prosecutors were able to provide the grants after seeking forfeitures of cash and property stemming from the drug trade.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

"The foundation of effective drug control rests not with the criminal justice system, rather it relies on educating our children about the dangers and consequences of drug use," State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. "That's why programs such as this are so crucial in reaching our youth and letting them know what lies in store for them should they get mixed up in drugs."

In 22 years, the State's Attorney's Drug Forfeiture Grant Program has awarded more than 500 grants worth $190,000. Officials said the 2011-12 total of $17,048 was the largest in the program's history.

More than 40 students, school administrators and teachers were on hand at the courthouse in Wheaton on Thursday to receive grants of up to $500. Berlin credited them "for their commitment to helping our children lead clean, healthy, drug-free lifestyles."

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here