The Davis County Peer Helping Program was among the recipients of the Silver Bowl awards presented by Gov. and Mrs. Norm Bangerter earlier this month.

The program is a joint venture by Davis County Mental Health and Davis School District and is considered one of the most far-reaching alcohol and drug abuse prevention efforts in the state.During the past school year, 200 students presented alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs to more than 6,000 district students. These presentations ranged from puppet skits to lectures, from theatrical productions to academic tutoring. In addition, recreational activities were sponsored in which the underlying message was, "It is OK to have fun without alcohol or drugs."

"All the winners, through caring, leadership and creativity, have helped human service agencies and people throughout the state," said Jeano Campanaro, Department of Social Services volunteer coordinator. "This is a way of recognizing these volunteers for outstanding service and saying thank you. Collectively, volunteers save millions of dollars yearly for state and local governments, hospitals, nursing homes and the people they help. But, more importantly, they improve the quality of life for others and in doing so find that they themselves have benefited."

For more information on the Peer Helping Program, contact the local high school of your choice or call Bill Patenaude at 298-3446.