Eugene Area Adventists Sponsor Drug-free Rally

Emerald Christian Academy presented "High on Life," a drug- and violence-free rally for more than 200 children and their parents from the Eugene area in June.

Christian recording artists Relentless Pursuit and Michelle Winters shared their love of Jesus on stage. The Christian Motorcycle Association rumbled in to present the flag, and local agencies came to share their resources for drug prevention and rehabilitation. The county fire department was there with a fire engine for children to explore, and the local police joined in with two officers and their K-9s for a demonstration that was a huge crowd pleaser. McGruff, the crime dog, encouraged children to stay drug- and violence-free, and the crime prevention specialists shared their expertise along with fun give-aways.

The highlight of the day was Team Suzuki. They showed how important it is to care for professional motorcycles, just as taking care of our bodies is important, by comparing different parts of the bike to body organs. Then the trick-rider did amazing stunts as the crowd cheered and chanted, "Just say no."

"I can hardly wait to come again," said one 8-year-old boy. "I'm going to make good choices so I can be a strong fireman when I grow up!"

Don Bryan, school principal say, "It is important for the community to recognize Emerald Christian Academy and the local Seventh-day Adventist churches as people who thrive on healthy choices and are excited to share this in engaging ways."

September 01, 2008 / Oregon Conference