The 19th annual Kids Kick Drugs event is Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA.
Its “goal is to try in a fun way to get the kids some education about drug and alcohol use and abuse so it’s easier to say no” to using them, reports David Hoover, senior program director.
He reveals the activities planned for the day: “We’ll start off with prayer and then do some stretching and tae kwon do.” An Indiana State Police detective and the Lawrenceburg K-9 unit will give presentations.
Next, “we’ll have relay games ... using martial arts moves in a relay format and then work a little bit on self-defense.” Master Jim Bruns (a person receives the title of Master after completing the 4th Degree Black Belt) will talk about drinking and driving with youth 13 and older, and Master Dr. David Welsh will discuss prescription and other drugs with kids 12 and under.
After lunch, “there will be a STORM Team – Special Team Of Role Models – demonstration .... and we’ll finish up with an obstacle course throughout our gym,” he notes.
“We’re hoping to get close to 80-100 participants. We had about 60 last year, but with support from the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council Against Substance Abuse and Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville and other local sponsors, we hope to get the word out a lot more.”
Anyone ages 4 and older is welcome to attend. The cost is $1 per person. Those who register before Wednesday, July 16, will receive T-shirts. Persons can call 934-6006 to sign up.
Hoover encourages the public to attend because “it’s a community event that can really help spread the word about alcohol and drug abuse .... It gives them (the youth) a chance to know other kids they can stick together with and know they’re not the only ones saying no.
“Adults are welcome to attend, too .... This may give parents the chance to have that conversation” about drugs and alcohol.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.