WESTFIELD — Six Cowanesque High School sophomores are seeking change in the opioid epidemic.
Alicia Floerchinger, Stevia Swimley, Kayden Houghtaling, Joseph Easton, Megan Shutes and Darrius Johnson are planning their senior project together in hopes to raise awareness on the struggles of addictions and how it affects the addict and their families.
On Sept. 7, there will be a motorcycle dice run that starts and ends at the Knoxville firehall. It will be followed by chicken barbecue, gun raffle and the evening will end with live music. More details will be announced as they become available.
On Sept. 28, a Rally for Serenity event will take place, a community fall festival.
The festival will be geared towards events for the whole community. There will be activities for all ages such as: cornhole tournament, live music, a car show, pumpkin carving contest, face-painting, chili cook-off, vendors (merchandise, food and artisans), children’s activities (bounce house, sack races, apple bobbing) and much more.
The event will also play host to informational booths providing “hope and help” for those seeking addiction and/or co-occurring mental health recovery and/or a loved one.
Proceeds from these fundraiser events will benefit the Serenity Scholarship fund, which is dedicated to raising awareness of “hope and help” within the community for substance abuse and co-occuring mental health disorders.
The scholarship was set up by Peter and Maureen Floerchinger and family of Elkland in honor of their son, Michael.
Recipients of the Serenity Scholarship are those who have struggled with addiction and mental health disorders, completed a rehabilitation program, maintained their sobriety for a minimum of one year and who need help attending a technical program or earn an Associate’s Degree.