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Legion Post 159 making Christmas donations

Photo Provided St. Clairsville American Legion Adjutant Rick Johnson, from left, and other legion members present a check for $750 to Belmont County Juvenile and Probate Judge Al Davies for the Staying Clean Club, which aims to prevent drug use among students. Also pictured are Commander Larry Barnes and auxiliary Vice President Cheryl Barnes.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE –Continuing with its rich charitable history, American Legion Post 159 of St. Clairsville arrived at the Belmont County Juvenile Court on Wednesday to present a check for $750 in support of the Belmont County Schools Staying Clean program.

Judge Albert E. Davies accepted the check from Commander Larry Barnes, Adjutant Rick Johnson and Auxiliary Vice President Cheryl Barnes.

For nearly 20 years, the local post has contributed to court programming that serves as an outreach to youth countywide in an attempt to promote drug and alcohol-free lifestyles. International speakers, student incentives and a staff presence in the schools promoting positive contact with the court is part of the program focus.

The Belmont County Schools Staying Clean Program is active in all public schools countywide for middle and high school students, and youth can elect to participate with the approval of a parent or guardian.

For additional information, reach out to your local school or contact the juvenile court at 740-699-2141.

The legion has so far donated $1,300 and will donate a total of $1,600 to various groups and causes including Harmony House, Tri-County Help Center, St. Clairsville Public Library, St. Clairsville Food Pantry, the Salvation Army, the Freedom Tree at Thomas Auto Centers, the Belmont County Animal Shelter, A Special Wish Foundation, the St. Clairsville Singers, the First Presbyterian Church Coats Closet, the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Wheeling Soup Kitchen, the National Child Safety Council, Wreaths Across America, Shop with a Deputy, and Rotary Pack a Truck.

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