Rim Country Lanes is running the free, "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" student program in an ongoing effort to provide local area students with wholesome activities.
"This program will give the kids something to do this summer that is positive and constructive," said Bob Baker, owner of the recently renovated family recreation center.
Rim Country Lanes will provide a special identification card to every public and private school student, which entitles that student to one free game of bowling and one free shoe rental per day, through August.
"I only bowled 83 today, but I did get two strikes," said 15-year-old Dillon Amburgey.
The young man has ridden his bike to the bowling alley to bowl a few times since the program began.
"My best game was 152," Amburgey said.
He would like to see more people his age take advantage of the program. Bowling alley employee Anthony Rivas said he sees the most students in the afternoon, but they show up at all times of day. This is the third year Rim County Lanes has hosted "Say No To Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling," which is sponsored and endorsed by the Payson Police Department.
"Yes, it's a significant investment on our part, but we believe it's an investment in our community's future," Baker said.
Rim Country Lanes is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free games are not available during Friday night Laser Bowling.
"Bowling is a lifetime sport that can be enjoyed by any age, any size, and any background," Baker said.