ON THE BALLOT: 10-year property tax renewal could 'save lives'

ON THE BALLOT: 10-year property tax renewal could 'save lives'

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will get a chance to renew a 10 year property tax that funds the I Care program in EBR public schools. I Care started in 1980 to help students address drug and alcohol abuse and evolved over the years to included other issues children face.

During a program on Tuesday, students at University Terrace Elementary showed off posters and discussed gun safety – another issue that is now under the I Care umbrella.

"It's important because when a kid teaches another kid they receive it a lot more effectively," said Gwynn Shamlin, director of I Care. "We have a number of people to come up to us all the time and say, for your program, I might not be here and that means a lot."

Fifth grader Aabid Avila says he learned to contact a responsible adult if he ever comes across a gun and he now teaches that message to his classmates as a part of the program.

"We know that some guns are real and some guns are fake," he said. "I usually tell them about the facts and the safe parts of guns."

The tax renewal is on the Oct. 24 ballot. Every voting ends Saturday.

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