Cowanesque High School students are trying to make a change in the opioid epidemic.

Alicia Floerchinger, Stevia Swimley, Kayden Houghtaling, Joseph Easton and Darrius Johnson are planning senior projects to raise awareness on the struggles of addictions and how it affects the addict and their families.

The students have held one fundraiser to benefit the Serenity Scholarship and are planning a second. The Serenity Scholarship fund is dedicated to raising awareness of “hope and help” within the community for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.

On Sept. 7, Kayden, Joseph and Darrius held the motorcycle dice run and it was a success. The Serenity Scholarship Committee is grateful to the boys and their parents, and everyone who supported the event and scholarship.

On Sept. 28, a Rally for Serenity event will take place.

The community fall festival, hosted by Alexia and Stevia, will be held at the Elkland School Complex (Clarkwood Elementary) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and geared toward all ages. There will be a cornhole tournament, live music, a cruise-in/car show, pumpkin carving contest, face-painting, chili cook-off, vendors (merchandise, food and artisans), children’s activities (lava slide, sack races, apple bobbing) and much more.

There is a need for food vendors. Registration remains open for all vendors, up to the week of the event.

Fees are $40 for food concessions and $20 for vendor booths, plus a donation to the chance auction. Registration can be completed at

Local school groups or teams may host a booth for free, but do need approval by organizers to prevent duplication of products or services. To secure a space for a school group, email

The entry fee for the cornhole tournament is $20/team; all teams must pre-register. Payments will be made the day of the event.

Entry to the chili cook-off is free. Pre-registration is required.

Cornhole and chili cook-off entries can be completed at:

The cruise-in/car show is free to participate; it runs from 2-6 p.m.

Live music will be performed by Detour from 1-6 p.m. The community should bring chairs.

The event will also host informational booths providing “hope and help” for those seeking addiction and/or mental health recovery and/or a loved one.

For more information about the Serenity Scholarship or how to donate, call 607-329-5873, visit or email