The Community Coalition of Forest County would like to invite you to celebrate National Prevention Week (May 12th-19th) with a parade hosted on Crandon Main Street at noon on Saturday, May 18th. Directly following the parade will be a cook-out at the Crandon Community Building featuring
music, speakers, and children’s games.

National Prevention Week is brought to us by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), who sponsors a national campaign that takes place annually. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Action Changing Lives”. This event will raise awareness of the types of services available for Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODA) and educate community members of the ongoing efforts that are taking place to prevent substance abuse and mental health illness.

This a community wide endeavor, involving all three school districts. The schools are invited to participate in the parade, along with their pep bands. Also in attendance will be representatives of both the Potawatomi and Sokaogon Chippewa tribes. We are encouraging business owners, to participate not only to show support for a substance-free lifestyle but also to advertise their businesses as promotors of a better Forest County. A healthy community is very attractive to area visitors and encourages our youth to stay in the area or return here after they graduate from college.

The parade will be a celebration of the prevention efforts made every day in Forest County and will focus on our many positive activities. Available at the gathering will be information booths, and ideas for living a healthy, active lifestyle. Any educational cultural displays are welcomed and encouraged.

“Prevention should happen every day and everyone has a role to play in making our communities healthy.” David Lamont Wilson, NPW Coordinator, Public Health Analyst, Center for SAMHSA.

For more information or if you would like to take part in this event please contact Holli Denton at 715-478-3371 or Mary Thornton at 715-660-6805.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

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