DA Morrissey Awards Dedham 'Operation Graduation' Grant
Grant helps with food, entertainment and supplies for substance-free post graduation event.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey has awarded Dedham an “Operation Graduation” grant again this year, helping to fund food, entertainment and supplies for the substance-free post-graduation event organized to keep the class of 2012 safe during graduation season.
"We know that providing these kinds of substance-free activities during prom and graduation season reduces the pressure on students to attend drinking parties, and decreases the odds that they will find themselves in dangerous situations on the road or elsewhere,” District Attorney Morrissey said after presenting the check to Dedham High Assistant Principal James Forrest and Dedham Police Juvenile Officer Fred Matthies. “I am pleased to support Dedham’s commitment to making this a safe season again this year.”
Before the $250 Operation Graduation grant Morrissey delivered during the regular roundtable meeting between his office, police and school officials, he had also awarded Dedham the same amount for last year’s senior week activities. Both grants are funded from money seized from drug dealers prosecuted by his office – not tax dollars.
Officer Matthies was also part of a six-member group from Dedham who attended the Underage Drinking Prevention Conference that District Attorney Morrissey hosted in Wrentham last fall, featuring sessions on safe prom and graduation season activities. School Psychologist Ashley Weagraff, Health and P.E. Director Margery Bohan, School Nurse Maria Antonuccio, Youth Coordinator Gregory Cabral and Youth Commission Director Robert Blaney were with Matthies.
“It seems clear that Dedham takes the safety of its students seriously and is diligent in tapping additional resources available to make them safe,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “I am pleased to offer my partnership where this office can help.”