By Megan Sando
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Elks Lodge of Stillwater will host its first Drug Awareness and Safety Day Sunday.
The drug awareness day is an event for all ages and will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Stillwater Elks Lodge, 202 E. McElroy.
Marcie Atkinson helped organize the event. She is a lecturing knight at the Elks Lodge.
Atkinson said she started the event because she feels drug use is a problem among youth.
“It’s mostly to bring awareness,” she said. “You end up either dead or in jail.”
Atkinson is hoping for a turnout of 1,000 children. There will be plenty for them to feast on, including free hot dogs, snow cones and cotton candy. Free balloons and raffle tickets for prizes will be handed out.
The Elks Lodge has a drug awareness trailer with confiscated items, weapons, paraphernalia and momentos of fallen officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, Atkinson said.
The Elks also host a drug awareness coloring contest for younger children and an essay contest for older youth.
Elks Lodge Youth Committee member Josh Westmoreland said the awareness day is part of a larger effort to help serve youth in Stillwater.
“It’s a way we can give back charitably,” he said.
Westmoreland said he is most excited for participants to see emergency responders in one place.
“Kids will have a chance to interact with them on a friendly basis,” he said. “We realize we don’t want them to interact with law enforcement for the first time when something is wrong.”