River Bend donation to support BE WISE program _lowres

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Entergy River Bend Station presented a $18,674 donation to the West Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council to assist local educators in the BE WISE program to be taught in the first, fourth and sixth-grades. The check was presented Jan. 7 at the council's board meeting. Gathering, from left, are Luanne Vaccaro, council executive assistant; Ivy Cutrer, council director; Eric Olson, River Bend vice president; and Mark Givens, River Bend.

A $18,674 donation from Entergy’s River Bend Station on Jan. 7 will assist local educators in teaching children about the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction through the Beginning Early to Make Wise Decisions Insuring Specific Education program, said Luanne Vaccaro, executive assistant, West Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council.

River Bend Station Vice President Eric Olson presented the grant to the West Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council, which operates under the umbrella of the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Amy Betts, a certified instructor, is set to teach age-appropriate lessons about making good choices as well as drug, alcohol and nicotine awareness to first-, fourth- and sixth-grade students.

“The program teaches wise decision-making involving violence, bullying and healthier lifestyles. We know that reaching these children at a young ages helps them as they mature,” Vaccaro said.

The funds also will be used for the project’s administrator and a teacher to attend the Lifesavers National Conference to learn best practices, according to the council.