SEASIDE - In honor of Make a Difference Day and Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week, the leadership class and several teachers at Broadway Middle School, along with three Clatsop County AmeriCorps members, planted red flowers, donated by Brims Farm and Garden, Lyle's Garden and Pet and Home Depot, in the courtyard of Broadway Middle School Oct. 30. The planting symbolized a commitment to being drug- and alcohol-free and making the community a more beautiful place.

During the planting, Doug Peace, principal of Broadway Middle School, accepted a certificate from the Oregon Department of Human Services Addiction and Mental Health Division for meeting the state benchmark for reducing youth substance use. The award was presented by Jill Quackenbush, prevention supervisor for LifeWorks Northwest. After the planting, there was a free swim at the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation Department Pool and pizza from Pizza Harbor.

The event was organized by Jessica Johnson, Nicole Bateman and John Dean, all AmeriCorps members serving Clatsop County.

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