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The Louisiana Elks Lodge No. 791, in cooperation with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, the Louisiana Police and Fire Departments conducted a bicycle safety and a drug awareness program Saturday, May 11 athe the Louisiana Elks Lodge and parking lot.
This program was made possible through an Elks National Foundation Grant.
Chief Hughes of the Louisiana Police Department and Elk Member Larry White conducted a bicycle safety check on the bikes the children has brought and conducted a riding safety course.
Immediately after the bicycles safety check the children were moved to inside the Lodge Hall where the Drug Awareness program was held.
The children were asked to sighn in for both the Drug Awareness Program and to register for the drawings to be held for the bicycles that were awarded later at the end of the program. Each child was provided with drug awareness literature provided by the Elks Grand Lodge.
Two Pike County Sheriff’s Deputies brought along two of the Sheriff Department’s drug ‘sniffing’ dogs and with the assistance of Louisiana’s DARE Officer, April Epperson, had the children participate in a demonstration of the capabilities of these dogs powerful nose.
After the drug awareness program teh children were invited to take a short bike ride being led by Officer Myles Neff of the Louisiana Police Department riding his own bicycle.
The procession, made up of bike riders, one two wheel scooter and one tri-cycle plus kids, parents and Elk members just walking along wthe procession had Officer April Epperson riding behind in her police car with the red lights on, this provided protection to the riders and an thrill to the kids in this mini-parade.
The Exalted Ruler of the Lodge, Dave Woods and Elkette President Marylyn Woods handled the food preparation and after the ride everybody was invited to enjoy the hotdogs, chips, cookies, and soda that had been provided.
Mary Lindsay, lodge secretary and general foreman for the program handled the drawings for the new bicycles and safety helmets that were awarded to 36 lucky children.
The Louisiana Elks Lodge No. 791 would like to thank Sgt. VanHooser and his dog Beau and Deputy Joey Minor and his dog Yogi of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Richard Hughes, DARE Officer, April Epperson, and Officer Myles Neff of the Louisiana Police Department, Larry White, Patti and Allen Bolton, Mary Lindsay, Jan Shuford, Dave and Marylyn Woods, Paulette Powelson, Porter Elliott and all parents for their help.