The Boardman Lions Club made a recent donation of $500 to the Boardman Center Middle School PANDA organization. It will assist the group's efforts to raise $5,000 before the end of the school year to keep the program running.
PANDA (Prevent and Neutralize Drug and Alcohol Abuse) is no longer funded through the state Safe and Free Drug Money program and must generate its own funds to keep afloat. PANDA "impacts kids for a lifetime," coordinator Beth Bonish said. "It helps kids form healthy habits and for many it helps keep them in school." PANDA is a program of Meridian Community Care and encourages responsible decisions about bullying, depression, violence, self-esteem, and other issues. It meets every other Wednesday in the small auditorium at Center Middle.
"The Boardman Lions are proud to support PANDA," Lions President Terry Shears said. "They are one of 15 organizations the club has helped within the past year. They provide a valuable service to Boardman teens."
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On hand for a Boardman Lions Club donation to the Boardman Center Middle School PANDA (Prevent and Neutralize Drug and Alcohol Abuse) organization last week were Terry Shears, Boardman Lions President; Mindy DePietro, Boardman Center Middle School counselor; Beth Bonish, PANDA coordinator; Bobby Morren, eighth-grade PANDA leader, Madeline Kvasnasky, eighth-grade PANDA leader; Kris Dailey, Boardman Lions board member.