WORTHINGTON — Beginning next week, the organization Community Safety Net will be contacting Worthington businesses and inviting them to donate toward a safety initiative for local children that provides curriculum materials about drug safety.

The Worthington Police Department has partnered with Community Safety Net for many years to help educate local children about the dangers of drug use. Materials are distributed as part of WPD's D.A.R.E. program in District 518 schools.

"We most likely wouldn't be able to provide the training to kids that we do without the help of Community Safety Net," WPD Chief Troy Appel said.

One of the most common ways young people get involved in drug use is through their peers, Appel explained, so it's important to teach kids how to resist social pressure. Community Safety Net's materials help students make wise decisions as they grow up.

The Worthington community has a long history of generously contributing to this effort, Appel added. Although businesses will be contacted directly, any organization or individual who would like to donate is welcome to do so.

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To make a donation, visit helpkidsnow.com/books/worthington-police-department/support or mail a check to Community Safety Net, Worthington Project, Box 559, Pembina ND 58271.