AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Austintown Schools hosted their own First Night celebrations Saturday. It is part of a program aimed at healthy decision making for young students.
A local band played some tunes for the families who gathered at the middle school. Kids also took part in arts and crafts and had the chance to meet a K-9 dog.
Money for the event comes from a governor’s office grant aimed at drug prevention in the middle school.
“Funding is always something that is helpful with events like that, because that is what pays for everything here. It is not tax dollars at all. It is through the grant,” said Heidi Martin, Austintown Middle School counselor.
The first night activities are the second event Austintown Schools have presented with the grant money, following up a football tailgate in the fall.
Martin said it is part of a community connection to encourage drug-free lifestyles.