“Parents can be a big influence,” she said. “We need to be setting good examples for them.”
Community involvement is also a big theme to the event. Cook said it’s showing the community’s young people that adults are behind them and support them when they make good decisions.
She said a recent survey found less than 40 percent of students in grades eight and nine think their neighbors notice or compliment them when doing a good job or making the right choices.
Sometimes there is too much emphasis on the negative decisions instead of rewarding the good decisions, she said.
Cook said she hopes the rally will let the children know the community is behind them as they make drug-free choices.
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