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R-C hosts sixth annual Trick-or Treat Safety Street

by Merrie Leininger

Little ghosts, ghouls and goblins are invited for the sixth year to celebrate Halloween at The Record-Courier’s Trick or Treat Safety Street.

Safety Street will feature many new costume contests and games this year a safe environment for trick-or-treaters. This year, proceeds will go to the Douglas County DARE program.

Chairperson and Record-Courier Business Manager Alice Price said the street will again be held at the CVIC Hall in Minden from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Adults can enter free, but children cost $2 each. That price also includes one raffle ticket.

More than 25 businesses will be on hand to give treats to children. The atmosphere will not be too scary, so children of all ages are welcome, Price said. She said a large crowd is expected this year, as more than 1,200 children walked through the Safety Street last year.

Adults are encouraged to dress up, also. The best adult/child or family costume contest will be held for the first time. A picture will be taken and the winners’ picture will be printed in The Record-Courier.

Guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin and how-many-candies-in-the-jar are new contests as well.

Refreshments, including hot dogs, cookies and drinks, will be on sale.

Price said each year a committee picks an organization for the proceeds that benefits children.

Last year, $2,400 from the Halloween event was donated to Family Support Council and the Future Farmers of America chapter at Douglas High School.

This year, the committee selected DARE.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Jennie Hill, who teaches DARE and GREAT classes and oversees the program in Douglas County, said she was thankful for the donation.

The program’s funding comes from the Douglas County Education Foundation and from donations, which helps pay for the free items she gives each student, such as pencils, stickers and a T-shirt for each graduate. The biggest expense of the program goes for workbooks students use in the class, Hill said.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a 17-lesson program taught to 5th graders about how to avoid bad choices. She said the lessons go beyond just saying no, teaching kids how to get out of a peer pressure situation.

“We talk about what a positive thing it is to have a hobby because that builds self-esteem and they will be able to stand up to someone and say, ‘I’m not interested,'” Hill said.

Gang Resistance Education and Training is a seven-week program taught to 7th graders.

“Now they are a couple of years older, and we talk about responsibility and goal setting and getting along with other people,” Hill said.

She said a lot of the children just aren’t getting the message at home.

“They need (DARE and GREAT) because of peer pressure. We focus on positive activities and positive friendships. We discuss the most common drugs and what they can do to you,” Hill said. “They’re like little sponges – the way the look at you, and the interaction we have – you can tell they are learning.”