SAPP breakfast benefits education

Organization raises money for scholarships, after-school programs

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A $3 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast was enough to draw a crowd at McDonald's on Saturday morning.

And organizers of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program annual breakfast said helping to fund college scholarships and after-school programs for local youths makes the syrup taste that much sweeter.

SAPP uses its annual breakfast as their main fundraiser, and volunteers from the community make the event work.

Sheriff's deputy and Craig firefighter K.C. Hume was behind the counter pouring juice and coffee. East Elementary School Principal Diana Cook and Trapper Mine employee Greg Cortez were manning the ticket sales table. Members of Craig Fire/Rescue and Craig Police Department hustled through the dining room serving more pancakes and clearing tables.

"It's really nice of (McDonald's owner) Chris Nichols to donate the juice and the pancake batter," Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

Nichols was in the kitchen pouring a non-stop flow of pancake batter onto the griddle.

The SAPP breakfast raised $8,500 last year, Vanatta said. The organization helped to fund the Recreational After-school Doorway program, as well as bring speakers to town to discuss drug awareness with local youths through the Drug Awareness and Resistance Education program.

"We fund many kinds of substance abuse programs," said Becky Otis, a Craig code enforcement officer. "The kids sold the tickets. They did a great job."

Third- through sixth-graders have been selling the $3 tickets in recent weeks.

Three high school students will receive $1,000 scholarships from the money raised, and the rest of the funds will go to after-school programs.

The breakfast makes it possible to purchase everything from DARE T-shirts to funding the after-prom party.

The SAPP breakfast continues from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday at McDonald's. Tickets are $3 and are available from students or at the door.

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