Logan County, WV teen teams up with organizations to bring awareness to several issues

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A sophomore at Chapmanville Regional High School is the brains behind a new program to clean up his school and community.

Concerns over serious issues like drugs, alcohol, bullying and internet crimes -- prompted Matthew Dingess to call state police.

Together they started a program, which brings in a different speaker each week.

The speakers will educate students and help them make good decisions.

Thursday was the first day, with speakers from MADD, "mothers against drunk driving."

"Something has stuck with that young man; with Matthew Dingess. He can be a catalyst, a spark plug," Margie Saddler with MADD said.

"I just want our community to make a turn-around and not be known for drugs and alcohol," Dingess said. "I hope to save some lives."

The program is set to last at least six weeks.

Dingess hopes other schools in the county, state and even country -- will also latch on to the program.

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