Elks promote drug awareness

BLACKFOOT — Five kids who committed to remain drug free received a new bike Saturday from the Elks Drug Awareness Program.
The kids entered a raffle sponsored by the Elks Lodge. The drawing was conducted at the Drug Awareness Trailer at the Eastern Idaho State Fair last month. The bike giveaway is just one of the programs the Elks use to teach children and parents about the dangers of illegal drugs.
“It feels good to give some of the kids something back,” said Joe Hewlett, B.P.O.E. Drug Awareness Committee chairman.
The Elks Drug Awareness Trailer travels throughout Eastern Idaho and helps to provide information and to raise awareness of illegal drugs and prescription drug abuse. The trailer was at Jensen Grove at various times throughout the summer, at the Boy Scout Jamboral and at Pride Days. Hewlett said he would like to get more involved at schools.
The trailer is stocked with materials from the Idaho Meth Project, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and Dance Off Drugs, among others.
The trailer is one of 90 drug education trailers throughout the country. The Elks National Drug Awareness Program hands out more than seven million pieces of anti-drug literature each year.
In addition to the trailer, the Elks produce a comic book each year with Marvel Comics featuring Marvel superheroes and Elroy the Elk. The Elks also sponsor essay and poster contests and the Hoop Shoot.
Local programs rely on volunteers and donations from the community and Elks members.