West Virginia Elks’ State Drug Awareness Program



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West Virginia Elks’ State Drug Awareness Program

  • Jackie Barlow, PDD, Chairman
  • Elks’ State Drug Awareness Program
  • West Virginia, 2008

Since its inception in 1983, the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program has worked to prevent drug use by our youth through education.

  • Since its inception in 1983, the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program has worked to prevent drug use by our youth through education.
  • The Elks recognize that they are not experts in the field of drug education. However, we do have the resources -- in dollars, facilities and volunteers -- to work with the experts to ensure that young people know the facts about drugs.

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks’ Drug Awareness Program Mission Statement

  • The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks’ Drug Awareness Program is dedicated to preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drugs by the youth of our country. Elks with the assistance of our committed partners will be able to actively educate students and adults while assisting scholastic institutions with scientific based prevention programs and drug awareness information.

Beliefs and Principles

  • The mission statement is based upon the following beliefs and principles
  • West Virginia Elks believe that a civilized society will organize to protect its children.
  • West Virginia Elks support, facilitate, train and empower individuals and communities to be drug free.
  • West Virginia Elks are committed to prevent the damaging effects of drug abuse.
  • West Virginia Elks are opposed to the legalization of any illegal drugs.

Beliefs and Principles (continued)

  • West Virginia Elks believe that well-educated parents and children will strive for a society free from illegal drug use.
  • West Virginia Elks believe the first defense against drug abuse is stronger values for families and communities.
  • West Virginia Elks make a difference through innovative partnerships.
  • West Virginia Elks are dedicated to establishing environments conducive to personal growth within our communities.
  • West Virginia Elks believe that if not the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program then “who” will carry the drug awareness message to our communities?  We are the “grass roots” connection!

Every year, the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program hands out more than 7 million pieces of anti-drug material.

  • Every year, the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program hands out more than 7 million pieces of anti-drug material.
  • This is accomplished, through the 2,100 Elk Lodges in communities across the country.

Ordering Literature

  • If your Lodge is interested in ordering “no cost” literature contact me!
  • You can have up to 2000 pieces of each pamphlet we have
  • It’s shipped directly to your Lodge

West Virginia Elks Lodges

  • Each Lodge should have an appointed Lodge Chairman
  • Each Lodge Chairman should be familiar with the Literature that is available as each piece is directed towards a targeted audience

Age Appropriate Pamphlets

  • The following examples of some of our literature would not be appropriate for K thru 3rd Graders!

Pamphlets on Current Issues

Age Appropriate Materials

  • But the following pamphlets would!
  • Coloring Book
  • Bookmark

Pamphlets for Parents

Elks’ Drug Awareness Trailers

  • To help in getting the Elks’ Drug Awareness material and Anti-Drug message into the hands of parents and kids, the Elks currently have 90 Drug Education Trailers on the road. With additional trailers being put into service every year. Our DAP trailers have participated in 1,006 events this year, and traveled in excess of 206,840 miles. All trailers are “manned” by Elk volunteers.
  • The Elks’ Drug Education Trailers contain Information from videos, posters, pamphlets, coloring books, fatal vision goggles, and promotional items being provided free.

A few samples of promotional items that help promote that West Virginia Elks’ Drug Awareness Message

Elroy The Elk

    • Elroy T. Elk is the official DAP mascot. He has appeared in many school programs, usually travels with our trailers, and participates in all of our youth programs.

Elks’ Drug Awareness Programs help get youth, parents, and their community involved!

  • Essay Contest
  • Poster Contest
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Hands Across the Border
  • Enrique Camarena Award Program
  • Elks’ Drug Awareness Program Heroes Essay Contest
  • Elks’ Drug Awareness Program has teamed up with Marvel Comics and SAMHSA (Federal Government’s – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), to produce an Action Comic Book featuring Spider Man, Fantastic Four, and Elroy the Elk.
  • The goal of this program is to help educate school children in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades about the dangers of underage drinking and negative peer pressures.
  • The program includes the comic books, teachers’ guide, and posters.
  • A total of 750,000 comic books and 37,000 teachers guides have been distributed so far.
  • Elks’ Drug Awareness Program Comic Book Program
  • Elks’ Drug Awareness Program Heroes Essay Contest is designed to allow kids to write an essay about the great things they can do if they stay away from drugs and alcohol.
  • The Grand prize winner will be a featured character in a future Marvel comic book publication.
  • Elks’ Drug Awareness Program Heroes Essay Contest.

Dictionary Project and the Elks’ Drug Awareness Bookmarks

  • The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Mary French of Charleston, S.C. The sole mission of this non-profit organization - which we, as Elks, share - is to distribute dictionaries to as many third-graders as possible in the 50 United States.
  • In the 2004-2005 Lodge year, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks became involved in this project.
  • A dictionary is perhaps the first and most powerful reference tool a child could own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spelling, pronunciation and definitions it lists; it is a companion for solving problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading skills, writing and creative thinking abilities.

Close to 2 million dictionaries have been distributed to date.

  • Close to 2 million dictionaries have been distributed to date.
  • Most schools today have to struggle raising day-to-day operating costs and are not financially able to provide dictionaries to individual students.
  • The Dictionary Program is a wonderful community service project and literacy project. It is an opportunity to be involved in a hands-on project that does not require a great deal of time; relatively inexpensive; an opener of doors into the schools in our community; paving the way for other Youth Projects - scholarships, essay contests, Hoop Shoot, Drug Awareness, etc.;
  • When given in combination with a Drug Awareness Bookmark, they make a great educational and motivational tool.

Public Service Announcements

  • If you would like PSA’s to give to radio stations in your area see me!
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Parenting
  • Underage Drinking
  • Underage Tobacco Use

The Elks’ National Drug Awareness Program, has partnered with Milton Creagh, Jr. to develop a parenting program that will be offered to communities at no cost to them. If this is of interest to you please feel free to speak to me about it.

  • The Elks’ National Drug Awareness Program, has partnered with Milton Creagh, Jr. to develop a parenting program that will be offered to communities at no cost to them. If this is of interest to you please feel free to speak to me about it.

Milton Creagh, Jr. has been referred to as, "the best kept secret in America".

  • Milton Creagh, Jr. has been referred to as, "the best kept secret in America".
  • Mr. Creagh talks to over 100,000 kids a year. Over, the last decade or so, more than eight million Americans have heard him speak live.
  • Milton has spoken in 49 of our 50 states, throughout the Caribbean, Canada, South America and South Africa. He has also addressed state legislatures, elder councils on Native American Reservations, professional athletes, incarcerated adult and juvenile offenders, high school and college students, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. troops, business leaders, union locals and churches.
  • This presentation was developed by and for the West Virginia Elks’ Drug Awareness Program
  • For more information on the Elks’ National Drug Awareness Program or other Elks’ Youth Program, Visit: www.elks.org/YouthActivities.cfm

Contact Information

  • Jackie Barlow, PDD
  • Rt. 1, Box 220
  • Bluefield, West Virginia 24701
  • (304) 425-6101 Home
  • (304) 920-2268 Cell
  • Email: ndjk@citlink.net

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