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Keeping a promise
POAG donates to ECHS for safe prom events
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Junior class officers Emma Exley, president; Shelby Duff, vice president; Stephanie Deal, secretary; Brittany Nethels, treasurer; Brittany Deal, at large and Danielle Hall, at large, were presented a check by Marion Conley, president of the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, also pictured are Liz Allen; Principal Yancy Ford; Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie; John Conley, secretary/treasurer of the POAG; Jon Lacienski, board member of Planters Telephone and member of POAG; Gary Hill, POAG past president; and Larry Ruffin, assistant post commander for the Georgia State Patrol in Rincon. - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

The junior class officers at Effingham County High School were presented a $2,500 check from the Peace Officers Association of Georgia to support prevention of drinking and driving at prom.

Principal Yancy Ford thanked the POAG for their continued support of the program.

“If it reaches one child and convinces that child not to drink and drive, it’s worth it,” he said.

Marion Conley, executive director for the POAG, said the students have to work for the money and match the funds. She said Planters Telephone sponsors the funds that are donated to the high school.

Liz Allen, a teacher at ECHS, said the students will begin the week with “Dear Mom and Dad” where they will have to write their parents a letter in the event that something does happen at prom.

All week the students will have the prom promise banner to sign committing to not drinking and driving. There will also be a rollover demonstration, and guest speakers.