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Say No To Drugs Party 'About Positive Change'

Monday, August 6th, 2012


UTICA — Foot races, coloring contests and plenty of free food were among the activities that drew children and their families to the Johnson Park Center's annual Say No to Drugs party Tuesday.

Center CEO the Rev. Maria Scates said the annual event began in 1999 as a way to start summer vacation on a positive note and highlight some of the community programs the center offers during summer months.

"We do this because we want to instill love, peace and unity in our community," Scates said. "Also, to show that not all people in Cornhill are doing drugs and joining gangs. … We have people who are about positive change."

The five-hour event began at 3:30 p.m. and included contests in everything from double-dutch jumprope-skipping to hairstyling. There also was an essay contest with the theme "I have a future without drugs."

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