Monday, May 13, 2019

Skyline Champion Homes Treats Drug-Free Students to Barbecue

The 200-some members of the New Philadelphia, OH chapter of Drug Free Clubs of America are already ahead of their peers at Buckeye Career Center, literally.

“They get some preferred parking. They get to dismiss five minutes ahead of everyone else so they beat traffic. That’s one that they really like,” said Superintendent Bob Alsept.

Bernard Sweeney, a senior computer technology student from Carrollton, said he appreciated the benefits the school offered to those who joined the club, including early dismissal.

“Seeing as I don’t do drugs, it was a great thing to do,” he said. “It also helps with employment opportunities. We can show them our card. We’ve stayed drug-free.”

He staffed a cornhole game at a barbecue held Friday to recognize the commitment made by members of the drug-free club.

Modular home manufacturer Skyline Champion Homes of Sugarcreek sponsored the cookout.

Dave Moreland, who has human resources, environmental and safety responsibilities at Skyline Champion Homes in Sugarcreek, served the hamburgers at midday Friday. He said that sponsoring the barbecue fit with Skyline’s core beliefs.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Moreland said. “We try to give to the community. Really, this benefits us all, not just Skyline, but everyone in the community because these kids have taken a pledge to remain drug-free.

“We just want to see these kids have the opportunity to be the best they can be. And it starts with being drug-free. Unfortunately, nobody will tell these kids that they’re not going to be able to get a job if they’re not going to be able to pass a drug test.

“These kids already have a step up because they’re going to be able to prove to future employers that they were a member of the drug-free club.

“This is a tremendous thing that Buckeye has started. We had no doubt that we wanted to support that.”

James Johnson, division manager of Skyline, was instrumental in setting up the company’s support of the club.

“These kids need to be congratulated,” Moreland said. “This is a tremendous commitment on their part. We’re extremely proud of them.”

“We knew we wanted to do something to reward and acknowledge good behavior instead of always being on the punishment side of bad behavior,” Alsept said. “We were hoping at the time that we started that we would have 100 students because it was new and they didn’t know what it was going to be. We ended up with 200 members.”

Members need to pass a drug test to join and agree to submit to another random drug test during the school year to remain in the club. They pay $20 to join. The program is seeking more sponsors to cover costs, which include roughly $70 per person per test.

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