This afternoon I headed out to Kroger to do a little grocery shopping and who do I find at the front entrance to Kroger but Matt Moore and his ‘trusty’ volunteers. (One of Matt’s volunteers is a recent graduate of CHAMPS Program for fifth grade youth, the first major step in providing tools to youth to live a safe and drug-free lifestyle- congratulations!!!). Matt had decided that with just a week before the event, Dog Day in the Park, he and his volunteers needed to get the word out to as many Pickens County residents as possible. And what better place to do this than at the Kroger shopping center.
With just a week to go before the Dog Day in the Park, which is this upcoming Saturday, April 17th from 11am to 4:30pm at the Lee Newton Park in Jasper, Matt and volunteers were out in full force at Kroger promoting the event. Check out what the event is all about – The Pickens County Anti-Drug Colation
With all the temptation of illegal drugs and alcohol in our community, there is now an entity in Pickens County that is active and organized to help and be ever present for the youths and citizens of our county. Such an ever-present vision counters the acceptance and temptations of drugs and alcohol.
Check out Dog Day In The Park on Saturday, April 17th and see what the Pickens County Anti-Drug Colation is doing for our community. Be involved, be committed, help us help our community.
We look forward to seeing you there. Thank You Jeff and Kroger for allowing us to promote such a worth while cause here in Pickens County.
Sponsored by the Pickens County Anti Drug Coalition
and in association with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
Mark your calendar to Saturday, April 17th for Dog Day In The Park.
Pickens County Anti-Drug Coalition
2nd Annual Dog Day in the Park
April 17, 2010
The Pickens Anti-Drug Coalition welcomes all dogs to show-off their skills, good looks, and lovable personalities in four Contests for Dogs at the 2nd Annual Dog Day in the Park on April 17, 11:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., at Lee Newton Park.
Dog Day in the Park celebrates the fun and the joy that man’s best friend brings to humans, and also raises funds for the many substance abuse prevention initiatives in Pickens County. The event is sponsored by the Pickens Anti-Drug Coalition, in partnership with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
Registration for the Dog Contests will take place any time between 11:00 A.M and 2:15 P.M. at Lee Newton Park. The Contests will begin at 2:30 P.M and will include: best dog costume; most talented dog (obedience and tricks); dog/owner look-alike; and best dog vocal.
First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded, with additional prizes and consolation prizes.
There will be several opportunities for dogs at Dog Day in the Park, including rabies shots, micro-chipping, dog photos, dog adoption, and other activities.
Food concessions, games, and crime prevention demonstrations will be available for humans. Blecky, the drug dog for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, will show everyone her skills sniffing out drugs and “catching” criminals.
Founded in 2005, the Anti-Drug Coalition is a united group of leaders and volunteers from law enforcement, business, schools, churches, and neighborhoods that works year round to maintain this Drug Free Vision in Pickens County, and to warn of the destructive dangers of drugs/alcohol. Here are some of the activities.
• Support for the Drug-Free Pickens Citizens March in April, 2007 (2,000 marchers)
• Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Week in October – Red Ribbon Week is a ten-day multi-dimensional blitz of drug prevention activities, forums, and publicity through a wide array of venues, including the schools
• Annual Pickens County Drug and Alcohol Recovery Celebration in September, where the community comes together with a community dinner, music, and presentations in support of citizens in recovery from addiction.
• Annual Drug Prevention Booth an the Lions Club July 4th Celebration; bracelets and lanyards with drug-free messages distributed to families
• Support for the anti-alcohol activities of the Students Against Destructive Decisions during Prom Week at Pickens High School
• Financial Support for the CHAMPS Program. Through CHAMPS, a trained Pickens County Sheriff’s Deputy presents safety awareness, including the dangers of drugs/alcohol/tobacco, to the 400 5th grade students in the four Pickens County elementary schools (20 one-hour weekly classroom sessions).
• Explorer Post 800. Sponsored by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and affiliated with Boy Scouts of America, 20 high school youth participate in weekly leadership and community service activities, based on the principles of community protection, safety, and service.
An example of a Coalition-supported drug free initiative is the CHAMPS Program for fifth grade youth, the first major step in providing tools to youth to live a safe and drug-free lifestyle.
Through the collaboration of Pickens County Schools and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, a Sheriff’s Deputy presents to 400 fifth grade students an expansive, clear and vivid picture of the value of a drug free and safe lifestyle, and what the students can do to avoid falling into the trap of drugs and other dangerous activities.
A well-trained, committed Sheriff’s Deputy visits each of the 16 Pickens fifth grade classrooms for an hour each week for 20 weeks. He/she engages the students in a comprehensive curriculum of activities and discussions that promote resistance to drugs and other dangerous activity, and acceptance of healthy and purposeful activities and relationships.
After their 20 hour participation in CHAMPS, the students have accurate, detailed knowledge of the dangers of drugs and other harmful activities. They know how to resist drugs and explain their dangerous effects to others; how to deal with those who glamorize dangerous and illegal activities (peer pressure); and the importance of associating and bonding with peers and adults with positive values.
With successful fund raisers, the Pickens County Anti-Drug Coalition donated $1,000 to the Sheriff’s Office for graduation awards for the 350 2009 CHAMPS graduates, and hopes to do so again this year.