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Katy Masonic Lodge #1439 recently announced it raised more than $1,200 for the Katy ISD Power program. The funds were raised via donations and fundraisers during the 2010-2011 school year.

P.O.W.E.R. is an 11-week program taught by a uniformed police officer to help students resist risky behaviors and make positive choices. During the program, participating fifth grade students will learn the harmful effects and consequences of using the three gateway drugs: tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. They will discover the importance of choosing the right friends and how to say no to negative peer pressure. They will also learn how to resist bullying, how to be safe on the Internet, and the harmful effects of abusing all drugs (including over-the-counter drugs). They will also have the opportunity to visit with high school students who are positive role models.

The program then culminates with a graduation ceremony for the students. In order for a student to be eligible to participate in the P.O.W.E.R. graduation ceremony and receive a T-shirt and certificate, he/she will be expected to: turn in a signed parent/student permission slip; participate and attend class; complete all class and workbook assignments; follow all P.O.W.E.R. and classroom rules; and make positive, risk-free choices.

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From left, Katy ISD police officers Officer Don Shrum, Sergeant Tom Donalson and Andy Getz, worshipful master of the local Masonic Lodge.
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