The Richland High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Richland Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Kathleen Nahm, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, fourth from left, presented the grant award to Richland High School Principal Doug Smith, Project Graduation representative. Also pictured are from left, Richland Police Chief Gary Bates; Dakota Bailey, senior; Smith; Nahm; Aaron Tallant, senior; Richland Mayor Lucy Henson and Cpl. Steve Crabtree, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at