RIO GRANDE — The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office joined with the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office in donation to River Valley and South Gallia high schools and their after-prom festivities in hopes of keeping teens safe after a night of dancing.
According to South Gallia High School’s Jeff Fowler, county schools contacted both offices and they were happy to be able to assist with those types of activities.
Three hundred dollars was donated separately and respectively from both offices to River Valley and South Gallia after-proms. River Valley will have its festivities at the Lyne Center on May 30 and South Gallia will be there May 14. Organizers are talking about having a movie room set up in the racketball room; inflatables were discussed as well to be used at the event.
The sheriff’s office has a fund for furthering justice programs of which a portion is used for community safety programs such as safe alternatives for prom and graduation season so children can have fun without succumbing to the temptation of drinking after the dance.
“When you think of the most valuable assets any community has, it’s got to be our children,” Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said. “We want to do everything we can to keep them safe and promote a good future for them. We congratulate the successful students this year and also take the opportunity to emphasize our school resources deputy program that we’re very proud of.”
Once the student proms end around 11 p.m., after-prom festivities will be conducted “lock-in” style, according to school officials. Children will be able to enjoy Lyne Center facilities such as the pool and gymnasium until dawn. School resource officers will be present to oversee security. Campus police will also be acting on their typical work schedules.
“I applaud the efforts of the schools and other law enforcement in Gallia County to provide a safe place for students to gather after their proms this year,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “I understand first-hand the worry that parents have of their children driving on prom weekend and I remain committed to supporting all available programs and events that help keep Gallia County students safe.”
Money donated from the prosecutor’s office came from the law enforcement trust fund which is compiled from funds seized from drug trafficking operations and the like.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.