Breakfast ticket sales benefit students

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Who's knocking at my door?

It may be a salesman, but it is for a good cause and a good deal.

Elementary and Craig Intermediate School (CIS) students in third through sixth grade have been selling breakfast tickets to area residents since Oct. 25. The tickets are valid for a pancake, sausage and orange juice breakfast at McDonald's tomorrow and Nov. 13 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tickets cost $2.50 and include free refills on hotcakes and coffee and proceeds support the Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP).

According to SAPP board member Kent Nielsen, this breakfast sale really helps SAPP fund activities throughout the year.

"This is our big fund-raiser for the year," Nielsen said. "We raise between $7,000 and $10,000 each year. It really is good for the community."

Money raised goes to fund programs that SAPP sponsors.

These activities include an after school program at CIS and elementary schools in Craig. According to Nielsen, this program "gives something for the kids to do after school." Teachers at the schools donate their time and SAPP, because of the breakfast sale, is able to give teachers a stipend for their time.

The money also funds Red Ribbon Week for area schools. Red Ribbon Week teaches students about the dangers of drug use and abuse. Each school has different activities in showing support for the week. Carnivals, clothing, games, skits and videos are just some of the activities in which students participate in during the week. It also funds the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program for sixth-graders at CIS.

SAPP also gives at least two scholarships each year to seniors at Moffat County High School. These scholarships are for $1,000.

This year, according to Nielsen, ticket sales are down. Although today is the last day students will be selling tickets door-to-door, tickets still may be purchased at the door. According to the coordinator of the event at CIS, Tim Hurst, sales at CIS are about average and they plan to sell between $1,500 and $2,000 worth of tickets.

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