GARNER — Across the state Friday, several high schools kicked off the football season a week early. It was also the kickoff for a new initiative to keep schools safe this season.
A program called "Do It Right!" awards $250 grants to 100 North Carolina high schools that sign a pledge to hold drug-, alcohol-, and violence-free events this school year.
TheN.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safetyand theN.C. High School Athletic Associationare issuing the challenge and the checks.
Garner High School Principal John Williams accepted a check from Richard Moore, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety before Garner's season opener against Clayton.
High school football kicks into high gear Friday, August 27. You can catch all the action and highlights every Friday night at 11:30 p.m. on WRAL's Football Friday.