25th Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Fun Fair at Boylan Oct. 18

Staff Report

The 25th Annual Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Fun Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at Boylan High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford. Admission to this family event is free.

Those in attendance can enjoy a fun-filled day with a variety of games and activities — all of which provide drug prevention, inspirational and wellness messages to youth.

This year, the event focuses on encouraging youth to channel their creative energy and free time into hobbies and other positive interests. It is hoped these interests will give youth direction toward healthy, productive lifestyles. Of equal importance, is the need for parents and children to spend quality time together by interacting in healthy activities. Many such activities will present the time for family interaction during the fair.

New this year with be Home Depot providing kits for parents and children to build together. Cookies by Design will give parents and children the opportunity to decorate cookies, Yackle T’s will give youth the skills needed to print their own T-shirt, a limited supply of pumpkins will be available for family art, and cheerleaders from the NIC-10 will help children “cheer for a drug-free” life through their game booth. Many other booths will provide a variety of fun and educational materials to the kids.

A variety of organizations will be highlighted that enable youth to develop their character. Youth can enjoy the activities presented by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and several church youth groups. All these groups help build strong, healthy kids in both body and mind.

A special 6-foot cross will be at the fair where people can attach prayer requests. Clergy, representing many denominations, will be at the table to receive these requests. Their hope is that people of all faiths will raise their children up in prayer, praying that they will be drug-free, safe from all forms of violence, and embrace God when making decisions that will impact their future.

Just to let kids know that a drug-free environment can be fun, they will have the opportunity to sample products from Schiro’s Pizza.

This event is the longest-running drug prevention program in the area. A true testament to the success and effectiveness of the program. Red Ribbon does not receive any federal or state funding; it relies totally on the generosity of local businesses and organizations. What is unique about this nonprofit is that there are no paid staff … it is strictly a volunteer organization dedicated to helping area youth reach their full potential.

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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