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MC receives grant from Wabash County

to help prevent substance abuse


Manchester College already is putting to use a recent $6,400 grant funded by Wabash County’s participation in the Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana.

The grant enables the College and the North Manchester community to partner in deterring alcohol and drug use among college students. The Wabash County Council and Commissioners issued the grant through a coordinating council, Against Alcohol, Controlled Substances and Tobacco In Our Neighborhoods (AACTION).

The grant will finance Manchester College drug and alcohol surveys to determine patterns, interventions and preventions, said Dannette Norman Till, campus director of counseling services. The partnership also will fund expert speakers to help educate students on the bodily and emotional effects of substance abuse. On Sept. 26, two psychiatrists in the field will address the entire student body and a Nov. 7 panel of counseling experts will require considerable student interaction.  The College also will contract with a certified drug and alcohol counselor to aid students who end up in the campus judicial system.

And, the grant will finance social activities that provide an enticing alternative to alcohol and drugs, Till said. A luau hosted by Garver Hall was the first event, on April 29.

The Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana is a division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. For more about AACTION, visit


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