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War on Drugs

Written by  Julieta Gil
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  Red Ribbon Week Say No to Drugs                                       

Community Volunteers Join Forces

Celebrating Red Ribbon Week in Greenwood

It is often in times of tragedy such as that recently witnessed by the Greenwood community of Clearwater, that the finer nature of individuals rises to the surface and they bond as a cohesive force to help one another.
It is often in times of tragedy such as that recently witnessed by the Greenwood community of Clearwater, that the finer nature of individuals rises to the surface and they bond as a cohesive force to help one another.

As part of Red Ribbon Week – national drug awareness week -- and on the heels of the recent drug-related shootings, the North Greenwood Community Coalition and the Foundation for a Drug-Free World organized a community event at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatics Center to educate children and get the word out that drugs are not the answer. 

Say No to Drugs Proclamation Presented October 2007 Attendees heard heart- felt stories from Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, who also presented a pro- clamation proclaiming October 27, 2007 as, “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life Day” in Pinellas County.  Commissioner Latvala was followed by an appeal from long time advocate of drug awareness, Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne. 

The invocation was performed by Pastor William Sherman of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Ms. Julieta Gil, director of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, welcomed everyone and offered a compelling introduction for the cause of the Foundation:  “I am so very pleased to be part of today’s activities – creating a time and a place to show the children in our community that a drug-free life is more fun and to acknowledge the artist and beauty that is in each one of them.”

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a secular, non-profit organization established to meet the increasing demand for the "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life" International campaign, which members of Scientology churches and other volunteer organizations have been conducting for over 20 years around the world.

 Saturday’s event included a number of local performers – such as the “Soul Steppers of Tampa Bay,” a rousing group of young women and men whose rhythmic stepping and movements got the crowd cheering and clapping.  Attendees also enjoyed Hip Hop and R & B singer Avari, The Krump All Star Dancers, and Helen Henry and the Say No to Drugs Choir.
Children were encouraged to participate in a “Say not to drugs, Say yes to life” art contest and were awarded prizes in different age categories, with each child acknowledged for their entry.  The prizes were presented by Maurice Mickens the president of the North Greenwood Community Coalition.

City Manager Horne also swore in over 100 children as “Drug Free Marshals” and then children signed the pledge to live a drug free life and encourage friends and family to do the same.

Food and refreshments were donated by, Publix and Papa John’s Pizza.  Other sponsors included the Community Learning Center, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Church of Scientology, Sound Productions, Artists in Action, Stonebridge Real Estate Co., Café Milano, Bellissima Spa, Target and Cold Stone Creamery.

For More Information on Joining the War on Drugs Contact:
Julieta Gil 727-776-2548

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