The Louisiana Elks Lodge 791, in cooperation with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Louisiana Police Department, conducted a bicycle safety and drug awareness program May 10 at the Louisiana Elks Lodge.
This program was made possible through an Elks National Foundation Grant.
Each child was asked to sign in for the drug awareness program and to register for the drawings to be held for the bicycles, helmets and backpacks to be awarded at the end of the program. Each child and parent was provided with drug awareness literature.
Larry White checked all of the bicycles and Chief Rich Hughes of the Louisiana Police Department instructed the kids on bicycle safety.
Immediately after the bicycle safety clinic, a drug awareness program was held. Pike County officer Joey Minor brought Yogi, the now retired drug and bomb detecting dog.
A mini-parade through the neighborhood was enjoyed by parents, kids and Elks. Following the walk, hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks were served to all.
Mary Lindsay, Elks National Foundation chairman, handled the drawings of the 38 lucky recipients receiving new bicycles, helmets, and backpacks.