Dale County Gathers "To Give Drugs the Boot"

October 31, 2011

Lions and troopers and princesses, oh my! Over the weekend Stephanie Sapp, a JCS office manager in Alabama, found herself surrounded by an adorable cast of characters in Ozark, Alabama. After an invitation by Midland City Court Magistrate Arlissa E. Minniefield, Stephanie spent Saturday volunteering as a representative of JCS at the Dale County Red Ribbon Block Party. This event was organized by the Coalition for a Drug Free Dale County of SpectraCare Health Systems in honor of National Drug Free Awareness Week, also known as Red Ribbon Week.

The third annual block party aimed to unite all members of the community to send a unified message to live drug free lives. This year the gathering took on a western theme with the title, “Dale County Wants to Give Drugs the Boot!”

A bounty of free food from local restaurants, exciting activities, and important information was available for the attendees. Activities included a chili cook-off, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, and carnival games. Another popular event was the “Say Boo to Drugs” children’s costume contest, an activity to get kids under twelve into the spirit of both Halloween and a drug free lifestyle. Stephanie Sapp sat on the judge’s panel for this event along with Magistrate Arlissa E. Minniefield.

After the event, Coalition Coordinator Candy Gaff thanked Stephanie for her help. “I think you had one of the hardest jobs there!” she wrote, “This event was a great success because of dedicated community members like yourself! You are greatly appreciated!”

Red Ribbon Week takes place on the last week of every October and is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the country. An estimated 80 million Americans participate in community anti-drug events that are held across the nation during Red Ribbon Week each year. The program was started in 1985 to honor Enrique Camarena, a DEA agent who was murdered by drug traffickers. The Dale County Red Ribbon Block Party drove home the messages of the national event and attracted a promising crowd. Hopefully JCS will have the opportunity to send representatives to more great community events like this in the coming year.