Making an impact
Editor's note: Throughout the week, the Craig Daily Press will publish short pieces from people participating in Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse. The pieces are designed to raise awareness about "Not Even Once Week," anti-meth educational outreach campaign that runs from Oct. 26 to 29 in Craig.
By Mel Ferree
For the Daily Press
Partnership with local non-profit groups is a huge part of how the Boys & Girls Club of Craig is able to impact so many of the youths in our community.
We have paired up with COMA because meth in this community is a serious issue.
Whether we like it or not, meth is prevalent in Moffat County.
If the Boys & Girls Club of Craig truly wants to accomplish our mission of helping children become productive and responsible citizens, then we must arm them with as much knowledge as possible to help them overcome the obstacles that may stand in their way.
COMA has come up with a great strategy to reach these kids and we are pleased to play an active part in it and have the Colorado Meth Project help with their educational materials.
Submitted by Mel Ferree, unit director, Boys & Girls Club of Craig
Colorado ranks No. 8 in the country in terms of methamphetamine use, according to the Colorado Meth Project, and it's estimated the drug costs the state $1.4 billion a year, including more than $73,000 per dependent user.
This is some of the information the Colorado Meth Project, along with the local organizations, Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, hope to raise awareness to next week, during "Not Even Once" Week.
The three groups announced they are partnering to bring "Not Even Once" Week, an educational outreach campaign, to Craig from Oct. 26 to 29.
The Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, will be the center of activity for the campaign.
There will be an interactive curriculum for two groups - ages 12 and younger and 13 to 17 - that will educate participants on "how meth affects the individual and the community and the steps (youths) can take against the drug," the non-profit Colorado Meth Project reported in a news release.
The seminars will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. throughout the week at the club.
Area schools also are slated to participate in the anti-meth campaign.
The three partnering organizations will make lunchtime presentations at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School, and art classes will conduct a "Not Even Once" poster contest.
Elementary schools will have coloring contests.
The event will end with a community carnival and awards ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Boys & Girls Club with civic leaders, including Craig Mayor Don Jones, attending.