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Kellogg Elks participate in National Red Ribbon week

by Carol Young, Special to the News-Press
| October 14, 2021 12:08 PM

Members of the Kellogg Elks #1841 are pleased to participate in the National Red Ribbon Week. (October 24 – 30, 2021) as part of the Elks National Drug Awareness Program. Lodge members recently stuffed 850 bags containing informational literature as well as pencils, rulers and color books as part of the National Red Ribbon Week. The bags were delivered for students at Pinehurst Elementary School, Canyon Elementary School and Kellogg Middle School.

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program strives to teach all children and parents about the dangers of illegal drug use and prevent the abuse of legalized and prescription drugs. As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the program relies on state, district and Lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle. By taking pride in America’s communities and youth, the program takes action against youth drug use through education and inspiration.

Since 1982, the Elks have developed an effective, community-based drug prevention program by partnering with federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and national organizations such as Pride Youth Programs. These partnerships ensure the Elks Drug Awareness Program addresses the leading drug abuse issues facing communities today.

Elks believe that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. With that in mind, the Elks Drug Awareness Program reaches out to youth of all ages and backgrounds. Through the 2,000 Lodges in communities across the country, Elks work to combat youth substance abuse. Elroy the Elk, the program’s mascot, reminds young kids that hugs are better than drugs.

Every year, the Elks Drug Awareness Program hands out more than seven million pieces of anti-drug literature to parents, teachers and kids. The brochures are primarily distributed through the program’s 90 drug education trailers, which travel to community gatherings, such as fairs and sporting events. The Elks have also teamed with Marvel Comic Books to produce a book featuring Marvel superheroes and Elroy the Elk in a battle against underage drinking. Other educational materials offered by the program include prevention tools for parents, videos, coloring books, posters and public service announcements.

Any individuals, businesses or organizations interested in receiving informational materials regarding the Elks Drug Awareness Program may contact: Carol Young (208) 682-4595.