Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith will speak at a TOGETHER board meeting located at the Lacey City Hall (420 College Street SE) from 12:30 to 1:30.

Smith will briefly update the board on Congressional activity and present a $500 check to the TOGETHER program. The check is from the K-Mart Kids Race Against Drugs program. The Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs tour was created in 1996 and provides $500 to a charity in the name of each Congressional participant. Participants race around a track in a small motorized vehicle and are timed. Smith chose to donate the $500 to the TOGETHER program.

TOGETHER is a broad coalition of Thurston County organizations committed to at-risk children and families. They do this through providing access services and programs in the apartment complexes in which these families live., These neighborhood centers provide a positive learning environment for children in after-school hours. Services provided include parenting classes, after-school tutoring, conflict resolution training, alcohol and other drug prevention, job search skills, recreation activities, and personal safety instruction. TOGETHER partners include the Yelm Police Department, the Olympian, Community Youth Services, Providence/St. Peter Hospital, all of the school districts, Associated Ministries, Thurston County Sheriffs office, the County Health Department, YMCA, Boy Scouts, United Way, and Associated Ministries.